Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Kurt Coleman hit update

MGoBlog found footage of the Kurt Coleman hit that has drawn yet another suspension from the Big Ten front office. At the time of writing my last post, I wasn't exactly sure how I felt about all of these suspension. However, this is undeniably the right penalty for Coleman's hit--aside from the fact that, as Brian at MGoBlog notes, all helmet-to-helmet hits are reviewed by the Big Ten anyway.

The hit can be seen here. A few points of contention:
  • What was Coleman trying to do with his hit? He clearly wasn't helping bring down McGee who was already headed toward the ground.
  • More to the point, he clearly leads with his head, and if you follow his trajectory, aimed for McGee's head. You tell me (click on the image for a bigger, more telling view):
  • What's most disturbing to me after this hit was the way he responded. Coleman is clearly smiling and laughing as he walks off the field as if it's something he was meaning to do. Then, a teammate puts his arm around Coleman's shoulder for a good laugh and a job well done.
This is a dangerous and violent hit, and one that absolutely deserved a suspension.


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