The Big Ten on Monday issued a public reprimand to Ohio State right guard Marcus Hall for the obscene gestures he directed at Michigan fans on Saturday. In a statement, the league said Hall violated the conference’s sportsmanship policy.
Hall and kick returner Dontre Wilson were ejected along with Michigan linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone after a fight in the first half of the Buckeyes’ 42-41 victory at Michigan Stadium.
As he left the field for the locker room, Hall raised both hands high and flipped off the Michigan fans.
The conference office also issued a public reprimand of the coaches for the No. 2-ranked Buckeyes for failing in their duty to effectively manage the process of escorting an ejected student-athlete from the playing field to the locker room.
“(Hall) made a bad, emotional mistake,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said. “It’s a teachable moment for him and all of our players. So whatever the conference does and Urban does, I’m going to support them.”
Meyer, the OSU coach, said the two Buckeyes will be punished within the team concept but will not be suspended from the Big Ten Championship game this weekend against Michigan State.
Hall apologized after the incident on his Twitter account.
Monday, Glenville football coach Ted Ginn, Sr. who coached Hall during high school, told FOX 8 sports he has spoken to Hall. “I said you never let the game take over your character. That’s not you.”