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Ohio State G Hall held out of starting lineup

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Ohio State right guard Marcus Hall will not start Saturday night's Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis against Michigan State because of his actions after being ejected last week.

Hall gestured to the crowd with both hands as he was being escorted to the locker room after a fight on the field in the first quarter of last Saturday's game against Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Coach Urban Meyer announced Friday at a news conference in Indianapolis that Hall was being punished for his actions after the ejection. He did not say how long Hall will remain on the sideline against Michigan State (11-1).

"Very disappointed in his actions," Meyer said. "He paid the penalty for the fight. ... Other than that, we'll see what happens (Saturday night)."

Hall's teammate, freshman running back Dontre Wilson, also was removed from the game at Michigan by the officials for his involvement in the fight. Meyer said Monday that neither player would be suspended for the conference championship.

The Big Ten announced earlier this week that the three players who were ejected from the game for fighting would not face additional punishment from the conference.

Redshirt freshman Pat Elflein is listed as the backup and presumably would take the place of Hall, who has started all 24 regular-season games the past two years.

Ohio State (12-0) is hoping to parlay a win in the Big Ten championship into a spot in the BCS national championship game.
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