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Report: Big Ten won't discipline Taylor Lewan for dirty play

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09:21 AM ET 11.09 | Michigan offensive lineman Taylor Lewan won't face discipline from the Big Ten for twisting the face mask of a Michigan State player during last week's game, a source told ESPN.com. The Big Ten reviewed the incident this week and concluded that no "sportslike conduct" violation occurred, the source said. Michigan opted not to suspend Lewan, who is expected to start Saturday when Michigan (6-2, 2-2 Big Ten) hosts Nebraska (6-2, 3-1). Lewan on Monday apologized for twisting the face mask of Spartans safety Isaiah Lewis in last Saturday's 29-6 loss. "There are different ways to go about it, but I lost my composure for a second," Lewan said. "That's not OK to do. That's not representing the University of Michigan the way it should be. That's not taking pride in the rivalry that we have with Michigan State." Lewan said he tried to find Lewis after the game to apologize but could not. Lewan and Michigan coach Brady Hoke discussed the incident, and while Hoke said it's "not what we want to portray or be," he decided not to suspend Lewan.

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November 9, 2013  09:38 AM ET

All the concern over player safety and this kid skates away clean from a vicious act meant to hurt another player?

November 9, 2013  09:48 AM ET
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All the concern over player safety and this kid skates away clean from a vicious act meant to hurt another player?

+1000
Should we have expected anything more from Dim Jelaney?

November 9, 2013  10:17 AM ET

I guess they felt pitty on big brother

November 9, 2013  11:00 AM ET

tPOS

November 9, 2013  11:21 AM ET

If the SPARATANS weren't such mean nasty bullies, he wouldn't have had to do those terrible things for which he is very sorry.

November 9, 2013  11:23 AM ET
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tPOS

I take it that's NOT in reference to the Buckeyes in the immediate post-Tressel era. ;p

November 9, 2013  11:51 AM ET
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I take it that's NOT in reference to the Buckeyes in the immediate post-Tressel era. ;p

not today :)

November 9, 2013  11:59 AM ET

The whole reason we have targeting rules is because players can no longer be trusted to play with honor. More and more there is less and less of a code of honor amongst players.

Blowing someone up and making the highlight reel, and showcasing your hormonal toughness, has become more important than fundamental tackling and playing with honor.

November 9, 2013  12:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

The whole reason we have targeting rules is because players can no longer be trusted to play with honor. More and more there is less and less of a code of honor amongst players. Blowing someone up and making the highlight reel, and showcasing your hormonal toughness, has become more important than fundamental tackling and playing with honor.

Dirty, savage, unsportsmanlike play has always been the undercurrent in American football, good Dr. Players used to die in alarming numbers a little over a century ago until Teddy Roosevelt stepped in. Occasionally, players still die even today or are crippled for life.

Whether the referees and CFB administrators are serious about cleaning up the thuggish behavior by players remains to be seen. I think the wrong message was sent by letting Lewan off the hook.

November 9, 2013  02:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

All the concern over player safety and this kid skates away clean from a vicious act meant to hurt another player?

They were jawing at each other and Lewan grabbed his mask to let the runt know who's boss...........he didn't twist the facemask , merely held it in place while he retorted. He was properly flagged for that bushleague move but there was nothing done that would injure him.

My question is, was there ANOTHER incident that I may have missed during a bathroom break? (I watched the entire game as painful as it was).................if not then I think you're hatred of Michigan is causing you to make a mountain out of a molehill.

November 10, 2013  07:57 AM ET

I finally get why they did not suspend him...the punishment is having to play for tsun.

November 10, 2013  08:26 AM ET

When a player intentionally grabs a face mask and twist it should be ejected. that is worst than the so called targeting rule. if while attempting to make a tackle and regardless it was unintentional or not that player can be and usually is ejected for making helmet to helmet contact. will the NCAA again turn a blind eye to a serious infraction, that Lewan admitted to doing, and Mich. coach Hoke acknowledged. The officials should also face some discipline for not ejecting Lewan .

November 10, 2013  08:38 AM ET

The punishment is making him play, with each passing game his draft stock going down the crapper, much like michigans run game. By making him pay he is basically paying a giant fine.

November 10, 2013  08:39 AM ET

Its also hard to suspend a guy for doing the same thing a player did 2 years ago in the same game and didnt get suspended for (gohlson).

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November 10, 2013  10:57 AM ET
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The punishment is making him play, with each passing game his draft stock going down the crapper, much like michigans run game. By making him pay he is basically paying a giant fine.

interesting take and just may be the truest thing on this thread so far

 
November 10, 2013  12:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

interesting take and just may be the truest thing on this thread so far

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