Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Michigan's Mouton won't face discipline
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Michigan starting linebacker Jonas Mouton won't face suspension or any other punishment for a punch he threw in last Saturday's game against Notre Dame.
Mouton punched Fighting Irish center Eric Olsen after a run play midway through the second quarter of Michigan's 38-34 win. No penalty was called. Check out the video here (scroll down).
Reporters asked Wolverines head coach Rich Rodriguez about the incident before Wednesday's practice.
"What are you talking about?" Rodriguez said. "I know they were talking about one incident on film, and I didn't see anybody throw a punch or anything like that. The little bit I saw on the clip, I saw guys got tangled up together, and Jonas tried to free himself. There's a whole lot of officials out there, and I'm sure if there was an infraction, then they'd call it."
Rodriguez added that Mouton won't be disciplined.
From looking at the video, Mouton definitely throws a quick punch, the type that probably happens a lot during games but isn't caught on tape.
It happens really fast so I can understand the officials missing it. If they'd seen it, Mouton certainly would have been flagged and Rodriguez probably would have a different opinion on the situation.
Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis indirectly referred to the incident Sunday, when he talked about contacting the Big Ten office about "personal fouls that I'm going to send in with a couple of punches to the face after plays were over."