|Written by Vincent Di Mello|
Bet on NCAAFPerhaps the most exciting match-up in week number 7 of the college football season will take place in the Big Ten Conference this Saturday night when the 15ht ranked Spartans of Michigan State take on the 4th ranked Badgers of Wisconsin. To add a twist to this huge match-up, the Big Ten Conference has suspended Spartan Defensive End William Gholston, a potential first-team all-conference performer. Thus far this season, Gholston has been fantastic for a defense which has been dominant. Gholston has been responsible for 20 tackles in the first six games, seven of which have been tackles for a loss.
In Saturday's match-up with interstate rival Michigan, Gholston was caught on film twice acting in a manner that was anything but sportsmanlike. On one play, Gholston wrenched the head of quarterback Denard Robinson at the bottom of a pile-up, and later in the game, he threw a punch at a Wolverine offensive lineman and connected flush on the neck and face. Losing Gholston is a huge loss for the Spartan defense which will have it's hands full with the powerful Badger offense.
“I deeply regret losing my composure late in the third quarter of last Saturday's game against Michigan,” commented Gholston. “Although provoked my response was inappropriate.”
“In the heat of the moment, he momentarily lost his composure,” coach Mark Dantonio responded when questioned about the issue. “Football is an emotional game of split second reactions. It was an unfortunate incident.”
Even though the game is huge, Dantonio should be commended for doing the right thing and suspending Gholston. Michigan State Athletic Director Mark Hollis had hight praise for his coach for addressing the issue immediately in the game and then subsequently suspending Gholston.