Thursday, June 14, 2012
Some Big Ten big men having rough week
By Adam Rittenberg
If I had to create a TV miniseries this week about Big Ten players, it might be called, "Big Men Doing Dumb Things."
We learned Illinois defensive end Michael Buchanan suffered a broken jaw during an altercation Saturday in the Champaign area. Illini head coach Tim Beckman is still gathering details of what happened, but Buchanan, lauded for his performance during spring ball and projected as a team leader, has had his jaw wired shut. There's hope but no guarantee that the All-Big Ten pass-rusher will be ready for the start of preseason camp. Such an injury also could result in a significant weight loss.
Michigan defensive tackle Will Campbell has suffered no injuries to his body, but the damage he caused to a 2003 Lincoln Town Car during an early morning jaunt April 7 has him in hot water. Campbell on Thursday pleaded guilty to misdemeanor malicious destruction of property, admitting to sliding across the hood of the car with his 6-foot-5, 322-pound frame. He had been charged with both misdemeanor and felony counts of malicious destruction of property, but the felony charge was dropped as part of a plea agreement.
Campbell agreed to pay $2,100 in restitution for damage to the car. He'll be sentenced July 29, and he's also due in court July 23 for a pretrial hearing on a misdemeanor charge of a minor purchasing, consuming or possessing liquor stemming from the same incident.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke has declined to comment on any potential discipline for Campbell, projected as a starter for the Wolverines this fall. Any playing-time penalty would be significant as Michigan opens the season against defending national champ Alabama in Arlington, Texas.