Illini suspend Brown for Indiana game

2011-10-04T00:45:00Z Illini suspend Brown for Indiana gameMark Tupper Herald-Review.com
October 04, 2011 12:45 am  • 

CHAMPAIGN - On Sunday, Ron Zook said he was disappointed in linebacker Jonathan Brown for an unnecessary cheap shot that resulted in a personal foul against Northwestern.

On Monday, Zook said that disappointment will land Brown on the bench for this Saturday's game at Indiana.

Zook suspended Brown for the Indiana game as a result of his behavior when he intentionally planted his knee in the groin of a Northwestern offensive lineman.

"We are extremely disappointed by what happened on Saturday and Jonathan knows that," Zook said. "We don't condone that type of behavior in our program. I've talked to Jonathan and he understands that. He is a good person, a spiritual person, and no one feels worse about it than him. But he got caught up in the moment, made a serious mistake and must deal with the consequences."

Brown issued this comment: "I apologize to my family, my teammates and the Illinois fans for letting them down," said Brown, a sophomore. "I also would like to apologize to the Northwestern team for my actions. What I did was out of character and won't happen again."

The Big Ten Conference also issued a statement Monday saying it accepts the one-game suspension for violating the Big Ten Sportslike Conduct Agreement. The Big Ten also publicly reprimands Brown for his actions.

MORE HONORS

Illini wide receiver A.J. Jenkins was named Big Ten Conference co-offensive player of the week for his performance in a 38-35 victory over Northwestern.

Jenkins had 12 catches and piled up a school-record 268 receiving yards, which is the third highest total in a Big Ten game. Jenkins shares the award with Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson.

TIME SET

The Ohio State at Illinois football game will kick off at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, according to times released by the conference office on Monday. The game will be televised on ABC.

THEN THERE WAS ONE

The nation's top-ranked volleyball team - Illinois - has created another buzz.

A standing room only crowd of 4,261 jammed into Huff Hall to witness the last two undefeated teams in the nation to square off.

Top-ranked Illinois held off 12th-ranked Purdue 26-24, 25-20, 23-25, 25-23 to improve its record to 15-0 overall, 4-0 in the Big Ten.

Illinois has two tough road matches this week, traveling to play at Ohio State on Friday and at Penn State on Saturday.

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