Posted September 30, 2012

Michigan State says Ohio State doctored game film; AD’s settle issue


Michigan State says that Ohio State tampered with pre-game film before their Saturday’s contest. The Buckeyes won Saturday’s game 17-16. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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?”


I find it riiculous that a team would have to furnish film of it's plays, shifts, alignments in the first place, what is this? Pop Warner?? Why not just gaurantee every team a trophy and leave it at that. It works for my 5 year old's soccer team.



 This is partly to prevent what the Patriots did.  If you allow just anyone to film these games, the cameras tend to video tape things like sidelines signals and other things of that sort.  This is done so everyone has a standard film that everyone is going to get anyways.  They just put in a system so that teams don't get creative in what they decide to tape.  It is standard practice and basically a gentlemen's agreement among coaches.  Whoever was doing it at Ohio State just decided to intentionally edit it.  There is no reason to edit the pre snap shifts other than to make sure the other team didn't see it.  I think it is quite a stretch to compare a common practice between coaches and handing out trophies to everyone. 


their calling you cheaters. is that plain enough for you.