Michigan State says Ohio State doctored game film; AD’s settle issue
Michigan State filed a complaint to the Big Ten Conference saying Ohio State cut off pre-snap motions and shifts before plays on film of its previous four games, reports the Detroit Free Press.
Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis and Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith settled the issue between them without the Big Ten’s involvement.
Ohio State won Saturday’s game in East Lansing against the Spartans 17-16.
“We had tape cut off all week, where they changed the tape, I’m not gonna lie to you,” Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi said. “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.”
Teams in the Big Ten conference are required to provide game film to each other before games, to include footage by each team’s video staffs. Narduzzi said Michigan State had to contact Ohio State’s non-league opponents to get film on the Buckeyes.
“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,” Narduzzi 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.”
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said he did not know anything about the tape.
“I don’t know anything about that,” Meyer said. “I don’t handle the video. What are they saying?”