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.