Michigan's Mark Ortmann Punches Illinois' Corey Liuget in the Groin
In Saturday's loss to Illinois, Michigan starting left tackle Mark Ortmann hit Illinois defensive tackle Corey Liuget in the groin after Liuget recovered a Michigan fumble. Ortmann was on the ground, and when Liuget stood over him celebrating, Ortmann threw a quick left uppercut into Liuget's groin.
It was the cheapest kind of cheap shot, and Liuget was clearly in pain afterward: Cameras caught him complaining to the referee and then hobbling off the field.
The incident is reminiscent of the punch Michigan linebacker Jonas Mouton threw at Notre Dame center Eric Olsen this season -- a punch that got Mouton suspended for a game by the Big Ten. In that case, Rodriguez claimed he didn't see any punch, but outcry from the fans and the media after the video of the punch went viral forced the Big Ten to act, and Mouton was suspended. Now Ortmann should be suspended for Saturday's game against Purdue.
One of the major stories of this college football season is the way conferences have been forced to act in response to videos uploaded on YouTube by fans. Whether it's the SEC suspending officials for bad calls or the Big Ten suspending players for cheap shots, fans have a powerful tool at their disposal, and increasing numbers of fans are using it.
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