Spartans, Buckeyes settle film issue

Updated: September 30, 2012, 12:56 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State says concerns over incomplete game video provided by Ohio State were "addressed immediately" when the schools' athletic directors discussed the situation.

Big Ten teams exchange video before playing each other. A Michigan State spokesman says the Spartans' staff notified athletic director Mark Hollis about "incomplete video" from Ohio State, but when Hollis talked to Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith about the issue, it was dealt with.

The 14th-ranked Buckeyes beat the 20th-ranked Spartans 17-16 on Saturday. It was new Ohio State coach Urban Meyer's first Big Ten game since taking over.

The Detroit Free Press first reported on the controversy.

Meyer told the newspaper he was unaware of the issue.

"I don't know anything about that," Meyer said. "I don't handle the video. What are they saying?"

When later asked if he was worried about the Big Ten looking into the matter, Meyer said, "There is no video issue here."

Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi told the Free Press that the Buckeyes cut off pre-snap motions and shifts before plays.

"We had tape cut off all week, where they changed the tape, I'm not gonna lie to you," Narduzzi told the newspaper. "They send you tape and they've got it all cut off and you don't get to see shifts or motions or anything else."

Narduzzi told the Free Press that Michigan State didn't get any film from Ohio State until Thursday, which is later than normal. He also said the Spartans reached out and received film from Ohio State's nonleague opponents.

"A few other teams we talked to that they played, and we compared what they were looking at on tape to what we were looking at," he said. "We're like, 'We don't see any of that. We see it on their tape but not on our tape.' So that's something I'm sure the Big Ten office will hopefully take care of."

Information from ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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