Big Ten releases statement on alleged Michigan state eye-gouging incident

The Big Ten today cleared Michigan State offensive lineman Jack Allen of eye-gouging accusations that stemmed from an incident in the Spartans game against Ohio State.

Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis issued the following statement after the Big Ten invesigated an incident when Allen stuck his hand inside the facemask of an Ohio State player.

"Michigan State values and respects the Big Ten's Sportslike Conduct Policy, and both parties take any alleged violations of the agreement very seriously. There are procedures in place to review any alleged violations of the policy. After a thorough review, the Big Ten has determined that MSU offensive lineman Jack Allen didn't violate the conference's Sportslike Conduct Policy.

"As athletics director, I had an opportunity to be involved in this review process and while his actions ‘weren't a football play,' this clearly wasn't an eye-gouging incident."

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