Ohio State Ejections for Fighting Not Getting in Urban Meyer's Way

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Monday, 02 Dec 2013 10:22 AM

By Michael Mullins

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The ejection of two Ohio State Buckeye college football players who fought during Saturday's game will apparently not lead to a further suspension or either missing any additional playing time so long as the team's head coach Urban Meyer has his way.

Running back Dontre Wilson and offensive lineman Marcus Hall were both kicked out of Saturday's game when a skirmish broke out on the field after a kickoff returned in the second quarter, the Associated Press reported.

"I've dealt internally with the players, obviously Marcus Hall, Dontre Wilson and also there was another person who came off the bench that we had a discipline conversation already," Meyer said during a teleconference Sunday with ESPN.com. "Certainly I am going to handle the discipline of this situation."

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"I'm disappointed. There's no place for fighting in football," Meyer added.

The Buckeye head coach was scheduled to meet with Big Ten officials Sunday night where they would discuss the fight further. If there is any further disciplinary action on the players it would be handed down by the Big Ten officials.

Wolverine reserve linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone was also tossed out of the game for throwing a punch.

The Buckeyes, who beat the Wolverines 42-41 in Saturday's game, will be playing against one of the best defensive units in the country when they go up against No. 10 Michigan State Saturday in Indianapolis this coming Saturday, which makes Hall and Wilson's presence on the field even more important. Ohio State is currently ranked No. 2.

On his way out from the game, Hall made matters worse when he stuck up his middle finger at the Michigan fans in the stands after he slammed his helmet on the ground on the sideline.

On Sunday, Hall posted an apology on Twitter.

As of Monday morning, Big Ten officials have yet to say when they would make their final ruling on whether or not Hall or Wilson would face further disciplinary action.

Meyer made it clear that he feels the players have already faced appropriate punishments for their actions.

"I've already met with the players involved, and the rule is very clear that if you get in a fight, you lose a game," Meyer told ESPN. "They lost a game, they didn't play from that point forward, they were ejected from the game. It's a tough penalty in a rivalry game, but it's one that I agree with."

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