Michigan coach asks Big Ten to be fair

Updated: September 19, 2009, 6:22 PM ET
Associated Press

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez says he will ask the Big Ten to punish any player for a non-football act after the conference suspended Jonas Mouton for punching a Notre Dame player.

Mouton did not play Saturday for the 25th-ranked Wolverines in their 45-17 win over Eastern Michigan.

Rodriguez insists there's no room in the game for throwing punches, adding that Mouton understands he hurt his team. Rodriguez says he told commissioner James Delany he will tell the Big Ten to hold other players to the same standard as it did Mouton for non-football acts such as his jab.

Rodriguez says what Mouton did wasn't malicious and shouldn't be compared to Oregon's LeGarrette Blount's punch against Boise State that led to his coach suspending him for the season.


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