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Meyer got it half right in punishing Spikes

11/2/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Kudos to Florida’s Urban Meyer.

He got it half right by suspending senior linebacker Brandon Spikes for the first half of this Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt.

Spikes deserved to be suspended for the entire game, if for nothing else, to send a message that dirty football’s not going to be tolerated.

But, then, maybe it was just a half gouge to the eyes of Georgia running back Washaun Ealey.

Maybe it was just a halfhearted effort by Spikes to impair Ealey’s vision.

Maybe Spikes was only half thinking about the damage he could do to somebody’s eyes with such a senseless act when the play was already over.

Either way, it’s a complete farce that Spikes was only suspended for a half.

And I bet Meyer would feel the same way if we were talking about one of his players who was on the receiving end.

It’s also good to see SEC commissioner Mike Slive taking such a hard-line stand on this, especially with the league so willing to suspend officiating crews and reprimand coaches who complain about the officiating.