Can’t Spell UNSPORTSMANLIKE without O-S-U

Did you know that Urban Meyer won his Big Ten debut game?

Did you know that Michigan State lodged a complaint against the Buckeyes before the game concerning game tapes?

And yes, I know you can’t spell UnSPortsmanlike without a P-S-U either.  But the title is still catchy, doncha think? And in this context, more than alphabetically appropriate.

According to this USA Today report:

Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi said Ohio State doctored the game film it was required to send to MSU before Saturday’s game.

Narduzzi told the Detroit Free Press that Ohio State cut off pre-snap motions and shifts before plays on film of its four games prior to Saturday’s 17-16 OSU win at Spartan Stadium.

“We had tape cut off all week, where they changed the tape, I’m not going to lie to you,” Narduzzi said outside the MSU locker room. “They send you tape and they’ve got it all cut off, and you don’t get to see shifts or motions or anything else.”

Big Ten teams are required to provide game film to each other before they play, with footage shot by their respective video staffs. Narduzzi said MSU contacted Ohio State’s non-league opponents and got film from them.

It’s good to see that Urban Meyer is taking the high road at THE Ohio State U.  Oh, wait.  It’s not his fault!

“I don’t know anything about that,” Meyer said after his news conference. “I don’t handle the video. What are they saying?”

Apparently NCAA and Big Ten head coaches are responsible for former employees and investigating crimes, but are not responsible for the operations of their actual football teams.

Asked if he was concerned about a Big Ten inquiry, Meyer said: “There is no video issue here.”

Narduzzi indicated that MSU complained to the Big Ten, but MSU associate athletics director John Lewandowski said MSU athletics director Mark Hollis and Ohio State athletics director Gene Smith settled the issue between them, with no Big Ten involvement.

No cover-up here.  You didn’t see anything.  The penguins (and the buckeyes) are psychotic.  Or Gene Smith made them an offer they couldn’t refuse.

Seriously, is this kind of nonsense really necessary?  This is reminiscent of the Pitt Tape Gate episode where Walt Harris refused to give PSU game tapes back in 1997.  I mean someone had to take the time to edit those tapes before they sent them.  This was a deliberate act–the tapes didn’t edit themselves–not an accident.  Would it have made any difference in the outcome?  Who knows?!  It’s just kind of sad if this is the kind of sophomoric behavior that Meyer has to stoop to to win games.

But at least he didn’t descend on State College to recruit players away from O’Brien!

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