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Arkansas’ Wade Suspended One Full Game By SEC

Arkansas receiver and punt team gunner Marquel Wade received a one-game suspension from the Southeastern Conference today for his actions in Saturday’s win over Vanderbilt.

During that game, Wade was penalized for a flagrant personal foul when he launched himself, helmet-first into the helmet of defenseless Vandy punt returner Jonathan Krause.  Was was also ejected from the game for his hit.

In a press release, the SEC referred to “Southeastern Conference Constitution, Article 4.42 (d) which states that a student-athlete may be suspended if it is determined that the student-athlete has committed a flagrant or unsportsmanlike act.”

This is the same rule that was cited two weeks ago when players from the Georgia-Vanderbilt game were suspended for one half of action by the league.

Knowing that this is standard operation procedure for the SEC, yesterday we called for Wade to receive a full-game ban considering the dangerous nature of the hit he put on Krause.  (Krause later returned to his feet and then to the game.)  We further explained our position on the statewide Hog Sports Radio Network this afternoon.  It wasn’t hard to guess how the league might respond to such a vicious hit.

The SEC does not want players — regardless of intent — to launch their bodies, helmet-first into the helmets of other players.  In this case, both Krause and Wade were lucky to escape injury.

The suspension should serve as a lesson to other SEC players that these types of dangerous highlight-reel hits will not be tolerated.  Wade will miss the Razorbacks’ game with South Carolina on Saturday.

“We have addressed the matter and will comply with the league’s decision,” Bobby Petrino said today.

While Wade was no doubt suspended for the hit, his actions after the hit — a bit of a hopping/celebration move and his having to be restrained and escorted to the locker room by Hog assistants — were run over and over and over on national highlight shows all weekend and again on Monday.  You can bet that Mike Slive wasn’t happy that his league was shown in such a light. 


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