Big Ten Supports Michigan's Suspension of Men's Basketball Student-Athlete Zack Novak and Issues Public Reprimand

Jan. 30, 2009

The Big Ten Conference office announced today that it concurs with the suspension of University of Michigan men’s basketball student-athlete Zack Novak for violating the Big Ten Sportslike Conduct Agreement during the Ohio State game on Jan. 28, 2009. In accordance with penalties established in Big Ten Conference Agreement 10.01.1.A.1, the conference office also publicly reprimands Novak for his actions.
University of Michigan head men’s basketball coach John Beilein suspended Novak for one game for unsportslike behavior. Novak will miss Michigan’s road contest at Purdue on Saturday, Jan. 31.

“Zack Novak’s actions at the end of the Ohio State game are unacceptable and have no place in the sport of basketball or the Big Ten Conference,” Commissioner James E. Delany said. “We support Michigan’s implementation of a one-game suspension.”

The Big Ten Conference considers this matter concluded and will have no further comment.