Big Ten Imposes Suspension of Purdue and Indiana Baseball
May 29, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
Park Ridge, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference office announced that it will impose a
one-game suspension on baseball student-athletes Eric Charles of Purdue and Casey
Smith of Indiana for violating the Big Ten Sportslike Conduct Agreement. Charles
will be suspended for Purdue’s opening NCAA Championship game on Friday, June 1,
while Smith will be suspended for Indiana’s first game of the 2013 season.
The Big Ten determined that the actions of Charles and Smith during an altercation
in the ninth inning of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament championship game on
Saturday, May 26, violated Big Ten Conference Agreement 10.01.1.A.1 - “Striking or
attempting to strike or otherwise physically abusing an official, opposing coach,
spectator or athlete.” The conference office also publicly reprimanded Charles and
Smith for their actions.
The Big Ten Conference considers this matter concluded and will have no further