The Southeastern Conference has ruled. It will not suspend LaMichael Fanning for his violent suplex tackle near the end of the game against Missouri.
The SEC released the following statement:
“The NCAA football playing rules call for mandatory conference review following specific fouls. The SEC has been diligent in reviewing plays that by rule involve the initiation of contact and targeting defenseless opponents to the head and neck area. The conference maintains constant communication with head coaches on matters of penalty violations during the season.? In the first instance discipline for violations involving non-NCAA-required automatic conference review are to be handled by the institution subject to the approval of the league office.”
Fanning was required to send an apology letter to both Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel by Alabama head coach Nick Saban. Saban also said it was a situation the team would handle within the program.
Fanning is a redshirt freshman reserve defensive lineman from Hamilton, Georgia.