Urban Meyer Accuses Michigan State Lineman of Eye-Poking

The stories from this game just won’t end, will they? Two days ago, the Ohio State Buckeyes defeated the Michigan State Spartans 17-16 in East Lansing.

Later that day, a report came out that MSU filed a complaint with the Big Ten accusing OSU of doctoring film tape to gain a competitive advantage.

Today, the contest’s latest complaint, again via the Detroit Free-Press, deals with some extra curricular activity by a Michigan State offensive lineman:

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said today at his news conference that OSU has turned in a video to the Big Ten in which a Michigan State offensive lineman appears to poke Buckeyes defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins in the eye at the bottom of a pile.

On the play, it appears Hankins has MSU’s Jack Allen by the facemask, then Allen or Travis Jackson puts his fingers in Hankins’ facemask.

MSU coach Mark Dantonio will address media Tuesday.

Here’s a YouTube video of the alleged play, in which it appears that highly-touted Buckeyes DT Jonathan Hankins is the victim of some unnecessary poking.

I’m sure we’ll be hearing more later on in the week about this case and much more. These two teams just don’t want to stop talking about each other.

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  • Scooter

    Wow. My friend and I kept talking about how “chippy” the game was. We were surprised no one on either team really “lost their composure” as they say.

  • Is it me, or was Hankins poking first?

  • maxfnmloans

    Dantonio and Narduzzi often talk about “60 minutes of unecessary roughness” so this isn’t shocking. The mantra of those types of cheap shots after a play or in a pile starts at the top in East Lansing. Classy, from the top down.

    What I find ironic is that many OSU fans accused Michigan fans and players of “whining” about the very same thing last year, even though there was video evidence in that instance as well. Funny how things change when the shoe is on the other foot

  • humboldt

    I think a better comparison was Robert Reynolds blatantly choking Jim Sorgi in 2003. A similar penalty should clearly be extended to the MSU lineman in this situation.

  • AS

    Hankins and Allen have been watching too much of Captain Insane-o

  • Jay

    I don’t know…Hankins has a hand full of facemask too. The Big Ten could come down on him just as easily.

  • Garry_Owen

    Still whining, huh?

  • maxfnmloans

    enjoy your bowl game this season

  • Garry_Owen

    Hey, you, too! That Meineke/Cialas Carcare “Right Timing” Bowl is going to be SWEET.

  • Grif_E

    He’s holding onto the facemask and pushing it away.

  • Alex Mack

    I’d rather have my eyes poked, then a Shaun Smith onion grab.

  • Natedawg86

    Love tap

  • Natedawg86

    Yeah and they were grabbing my mid-section on the bottom of the pile and twisting my ankles….its football

  • Natedawg86

    and if they don’t make that one, maybe they will get the call for the Beef O’Brady Bowl if they are lucky

  • maxfnmloans

    2011 Sugar Bowl Champs…oh yeah, Ohio State was the 2010 Sugar Bowl…whoops

  • Garry_Owen

    Beat Arkansas. It was awesome.

  • mgbode

    to be fair, they were QB’d by a Michigan QB. and Tressel made a career out of punking any team QB’d by a Michigan man.