Statement From Michigan State Athletic Director Mark Hollis on the Hoopla Around William Gholston
Hondo S. Carpenter
Michigan State Athletics Director Mark Hollis:
â€œThe Big Ten has notified Michigan State of a possible sportslike conduct violation. We are in the process of completing our internal review of the matter. We are thoroughly reviewing the entire game and utilizing all of the available resources: coachesâ€™ video from midfield and end zone cameras, TV copy as well as still photographs. Once the internal review is completed, we will forward a written report on to the Big Ten. The conference office wonâ€™t discuss a timeline for this process and neither will we.
â€œWe will follow the proper protocol for filing our complete report and not do it in a piecemeal manner through the media.
â€œAs an institution, we work hard at promoting good sportsmanship and Iâ€™m sure many of you are familiar with our â€œRaise Your Shieldâ€ campaign, encouraging our fans to honor and respect our opponents. I also know that Coach Dantonio and his staff work hard at promoting good sportsmanship. This is an isolated incident and Coach D and his staff will continue to emphasize the importance of maintaining oneâ€™s composure during the heat of the moment.
â€œAs an AD, I take sportsmanship seriously, but itâ€™s equally important for me to evaluate this game and the particular play in its totality.â€