Big Ten to review Ortmann-Liuget incident

November, 2, 2009
11/02/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

The Big Ten is reviewing a possible conduct issue involving Michigan offensive tackle Mark Ortmann and Illinois defensive tackle Corey Liguet during Saturday's game at Memorial Stadium.

Video clips show Ortman appearing to strike Liuget after Liuget recovered a Michigan fumble early in the fourth quarter. No penalty was called on the play, but Liuget was in pain as he trotted to the sideline.

The league said Monday afternoon that it contacted Michigan to begin the review process and will comment further if it determines a sportslike conduct violation has been committed.

Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez said Monday morning that he didn't see the incident on the team's game film but watched clips from the ABC broadcast on the Web. He met with Ortmann on Monday.

"He was upset that a lot of folks were telling him that it was a cheap shot or what have you, and then he explained to me, 'Coach, I had an open hand, he was leaning up against me, their players were even telling him to get off me, and he just kind of shoved him away real quick,'" Rodriguez said. "I'm sure when the guy was leaning on him or something, he just wanted him to get off him at the time. That shouldn't be an issue there."

The Big Ten has cracked down on player conduct this season, suspending three players for in-game incidents. Michigan linebacker Jonas Mouton received a one-game suspension for striking Notre Dame's Eric Olsen in a Sept. 12 contest.

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