The South Eastern Conference today suspended a player from one of its conference teams for a flagrant helmet-to-head hit. Chris Hughes, a Mississippi State line backer was suspended for one game after a video review of the game by the conference. The play itself was NOT flagged during live action.
“Now I have to pay the price for my actions,” Hughes said. “Our coaches teach us and warn us about those types of plays, and I just need to learn from this and make sure it doesn’t happen in the future.”
The NCAA nor the SEC ever made an official statement that they too would be cracking down on these types of hits, as the NFL had done last week. A surprising move and a proactive one at that. Good for the SEC, and for Hughes understanding his mistake.