I have found myself today dumbfounded by various writers on blogs and in newsprint who are suggesting the hit that Jeremy Ware made on Colin Sandeman was merely a good, hard football play. Not bloody likely. In fact, I am expecting Jeremy Ware to be suspended by the Big Ten this week.
While MSU fans and Dantonio felt it was a clean hit, it absolutely was not. Every angle of every replay showed the player came head first into Sandeman who is considered, by rule, defenseless. Sandeman was not running toward Ware or even facing Ware. Moreover Ware followed up the hit by taunting (see video below), however briefly. He could have easily been tossed for either the hit or the taunt by rule, and the flag was a no brainer--although, the officials had to use every ounce of their cognitive abilty to even make the call as the falg was very late.
I was very disappointed with Dantonio. He argued the call endlessly while Sandeman was being attended to, then would later in his presser argue that the timekeeping was questionable. PLEASE. When confronted with a questionable clock on the first blocked kick in the UNI game Kirk Ferentz asked the refs about it then moved on. No whining. Next play. Yet more proof that Ferentz is by far the classiest coach in the league and understands that these calls will not be overturned in the game. Dantonio should have known the officials would not change their minds and should have regained his poise in time for interviews.
Finally, the NCAA rule on league review of all flagrant fouls has been a point of emphasis.
Flagrant Personal Fouls (Rule 9-6). For 2009-10 the rules committee has added a new section that calls for conferences in the days following a game to review certain particularly dangerous plays. This new rule says that if a player is ejected for any flagrant personal foul the conference must review the game video for possible further action. In addition, if the officials call fouls for targeting defenseless players or using the crown of the helmet and the player is not ejected, the rules mandate a conference review. Furthermore, if the review by the conference reveals actions that should have resulted in a personal foul but were not called, the conference may impose sanctions.