LINCOLN — Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman would not disclose the consequences but said Monday that Aggies defensive lineman Tony Jerod-Eddie has been disciplined for his actions against Nebraska tight end Ben Cotton.
Those who still have not seen it can add to the 300,000 hits already on YouTube videos that show Jerod-Eddie repeatedly grabbing and tugging Cotton in an inappropriate place.
“I asked the player about it, and he said there was some extracurricular activity on the pile,” Sherman said. “And I said, ‘You know what, that's not what we're about. That's not what I've coached you to do.' And he agreed.”
Sherman said Jerod-Eddie would play Thursday night at Texas, but shared little more when asked about the incident a second time on the Big 12 teleconference.
“As I said previously, I've addressed it with the player, he's very remorseful about it and the consequences that he is facing are between he and I,” Sherman said.
The Big 12 office on Monday declined to comment on any specific plays or questions regarding the officiating Saturday night in the Huskers' 9-6 loss at Texas A&M.
Cotton had recovered a first-quarter Husker fumble and had clear possession of the football as players continued joining the pile. Umpire Scott Campbell was even standing immediately over Cotton as Jerod-Eddie spent about five seconds reaching at Cotton.
When Cotton kicked twice to stop Jerod-Eddie, Campbell grabbed Cotton's leg the second time and flagged him for a personal foul. Cotton, riled up after escaping the pile, was assessed an additional 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct because he removed his helmet.
“It was a selfish act on my part, taking my helmet off and not thinking straight there,” Cotton said.
Cotton took the high road at NU's weekly press conference Monday when discussing the play. He even tried to laugh about Jerod-Eddie's actions.
“A lot of things happen in fumble piles,” he said. “Everyone's scrambling for the football.”
What was Jerod-Eddie trying to do?
“Uh … just trying to find his way to the football,” Cotton said to media laughter.
Nothing seemed funny at the time as officials marked off the 30 yards against Nebraska, and head coach Bo Pelini followed the physical abuse with a verbal lashing for Cotton. By Monday Pelini better understood Cotton's reaction, but still said he was disappointed in Cotton for taking off his helmet.
“Ben was really upset, and that needed to be dealt with right there or else he was going to get himself into a lot of trouble,” Pelini said. “At that point I'd rather him be upset with me than upset and do something crazy.
“Believe me, we were on the same page, and a few minutes later Ben came back and apologized for the whole incident.”
With the Big 12 South still on the line, one thing Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops doesn't have to worry about Saturday night is how his Sooners might handle the pressure.
OU (9-2, 5-2 Big 12) travels to Stillwater to play Oklahoma State (10-1, 6-1). Texas A&M (8-3, 5-2) also remains in contention in the South if it becomes a three-way tie.
“We've actually been in this situation nine of the last 11 years,” Stoops said. “So our guys need to embrace it, and that's what we've been doing around here.”
OU has won three of the last four Big 12 titles and six of the last 10. Oklahoma State has never made a Big 12 final.
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