Ohio State beat Michigan State 17-16 on Saturday, but the victory didn’t come without controversy.
According to Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, Ohio State personnel altered the game film that it was mandated to send to his team prior to yesterday’s outing. While Urban Meyer’s crew did send some sort of tape to their opponents, it apparently wasn’t formatted in the way that had been agreed upon by the powers that be at the Big Ten. (There is a conference-wide rule that squads must provide game film to their opponents before they play.)
"We had tape cut off all week, where they changed the tape, I'm not going to lie to you," Narduzzi told the Detroit Free Press (via USA Today). "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."
So, has Ohio State been providing all of their foes with doctored game tapes? It would appear not.
"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."
For what it’s worth, again per USA Today, this issue is being resolved by the schools involved sans Big Ten intervention.
(Kudos USA Today)