Big 12 won't suspend Tyrus Thompson

December, 6, 2012
An official from the Big 12 Conference said Thursday that the league has reviewed the punch thrown by Oklahoma offensive tackle Tyrus Thompson against a TCU player and will not be taking further action.

Big 12 assistant commissioner of communications Bob Burda said that league officials supervisor Walt Anderson reviewed the play and supported the personal foul penalty assessed after the play.

“No further action will be taken by the conference,” Burda said in an email, “and the matter is considered closed.”

The Big 12 has the power to review plays and impose sanctions on players who commit flagrant fouls.

Section 10, Article 1 of the NCAA rulebook states that a “flagrant” foul is “a rule infraction so extreme or deliberate that it places an opponent in danger of catastrophic injury.” Section 4 of the rulebook states that all flagrant offenders shall be disqualified.

Thompson received a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness for punching TCU defensive end Stansly Maponga twice in the head at the end of a play in the second quarter, but was not removed from the game.

The Sooners play Texas A&M in the AT&T Cotton Bowl on Jan. 4.



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