Michigan State Reportedly Tells Big Ten Ohio State Doctored Game Film

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistSeptember 29, 2012

EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 29:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts on the sideline while playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on September 29, 2012 in East Lansing, Michigan. Ohio State won the game 17-16. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is only in his first season as Ohio State head coach, but he's already managed to rub his fellow Big Ten coaches the wrong way.


UPDATE: Saturday, September 29 at 9:39 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Ohio State and Michigan State have reportedly resolved the issue without the Big Ten's help, according to Joe Rexrode and Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press: 

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

---End of Update---


According to Detroit Free Press reporters Joe Rexrode and Drew Sharp, Michigan State has accused the Buckeyes of tampering with the film they sent to the Spartans before Saturday's game:

MSU defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi confirmed to the Free Press that MSU contacted the Big Ten and said Ohio State cut off pre-snap motions and shifts before plays on film of its four games before today's 17-16 OSU win at Spartan Stadium.

Narduzzi also supplied this quote:

“We had tape cut off all week, where they changed the tape, I’m not gonna 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.”

This could be taken one of two ways. Either Meyer is up to some shenanigans and doing things that may slightly bend the rules, or the Spartans are taking a "sour grapes" approach to their loss on Saturday.

The report states that "Big Ten teams are required to provide game film to each other before they play, with footage shot by their respective video staffs." If Meyer and his staff did not follow those regulations, you would think that the Big Ten would pass down some sort of punishment.

Meyer mentioned later in the report that he didn't know anything about it, and that he doesn't handle the video. Nonetheless, he's the head coach. Everyone on that staff is under his jurisdiction, and he's responsible for what comes out of their camp.

This isn't the first time Meyer has received a complaint since coming to Ohio State. Big Ten coaches criticized his recruiting tactics this offseason, starting his tenure with the Buckeyes off on odd foot.

It's hard to tell how this situation will wind up, but it's worth keeping an eye on. Stay tuned for more details.