Big 12 will not punish OU’s Thompson for punch to Maponga’s head

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    The Big 12 Conference will not take any action on the punch thrown by Oklahoma’s Tyrus Thompson during the Sooners’ Dec. 1 game against TCU.

    Big 12 officials supervisor Walt Anderson reviewed the play and determined that the personal foul assessed during the game was sufficient, according to an ESPN.com article.

    The same article quotes Big 12 Assistant Commissioner of Communications Bob Burda saying “the matter is considered closed.”

    Anderson labeled Thompson’s action as a “push,” according to a post on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s sports blog.

    Section 10, Article 1 of the NCAA rulebook states that a “flagrant” foul is “a rule infraction so extreme or deliberate that it places an opponent in danger of catastrophic injury.”

    Section 4 of the rulebook states that all flagrant offenders should be disqualified.

    The conference has the power to review such plays and determine if a player should receive further punishment.

    Thompson and the Sooners with take the field for the final time this season in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 4.