Today, the Big Ten cleared Michigan State offensive lineman Jack Allen, saying rough play directed against Johnathan Hankins did not rise to the level of a punishable offense.
Here’s the statement Michigan State released after the ruling…
Michigan State Athletics Director Mark Hollis:
“Michigan State values and respects the Big Ten’s Sportslike Conduct Policy, and both parties take any alleged violations of the agreement very seriously. There are procedures in place to review any alleged violations of the policy. After a thorough review, the Big Ten has determined that MSU offensive lineman Jack Allen didn’t violate the conference’s Sportslike Conduct Policy.
“As athletics director, I had an opportunity to be involved in this review process and while his actions ‘weren’t a football play,’ this clearly wasn’t an eye-gouging incident.”