Columbus - Ohio State safety Kurt Coleman has been suspended for Saturday's game against Indiana for a helmet-to-helmet hit against Illinois. Big Ten officials said Coleman initiated "helmet-to-helmet contact" and targeted "a defenseless opponent."
Jim Tressel and The Ohio State University weren't happy with the suspension. They issued a statement regarding the punishment:
"Obviously, we will abide by the one-game suspension from the Big Ten Conference, but we feel as if there was poor judgment throughout.
"We concur that Kurt's hit was late and a result of poor judgment; he was thus penalized and removed from the game by his coaches. We do not agree that it was 'pre-meditated' or that he was 'targeting a defenseless' player.
"The decision to suspend points to the Conference office's feeling as if there was poor judgment by the game officials for their decision not to eject at the time.
"In our estimation, the final 'poor judgment' is in levying a one-game suspension in this particular case. We will abide by the decision, learn from it, and move forward."