BIG TEN CONFERENCE ISSUES PUBLIC REPRIMAND TO ILLINOIS AND MICHIGAN STATE FOOTBALL HEAD COACHES AND ANNOUNCES INSTITUTIONAL FINES
Hondo S. Carpenter
Park Ridge, Ill. â€“As a direct result of unsportsmanlike conduct involving University of Illinois and Michigan State University student-athletes occurring in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 30 football game, each institution has been fined $10,000 and Illinois head coach Ron Zook and Michigan State head coach John L. Smith have been reprimanded by the Big Ten Conference for failing to ensure that their teams conducted themselves in an acceptable fashion.
â€œThe Big Ten and its member institutions, coaches, student-athletes and fans place a high value on competing fairly and with dignity regardless of the competitive outcome,â€ Commissioner James E. Delany said. â€œThe conduct of the players last week in the postgame environment violated our rules and expectations for student-athletes and as a result we have taken the aforementioned actions.â€
Courtesy of the Big Ten