FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference has imposed a one-game suspension to Sam Houston State's Mike Littleton as a result of a personal foul he committed against University of Central Arkansas quarterback Nathan Dick in Saturday’s game played at Huntsville, Texas.
Dick left the game late in the second quarter with a concussion and is definitely out of Saturday's game between UCA and Arkansas State. His status beyond that game is uncertain.
NCAA rules require conferences to automatically review video of unnecessary roughness acts that target the head or neck to determine if additional sanctions are necessary.
“After reviewing the video, the play was correctly called by the game officials as unnecessary roughness-blow to the head,” Southland Conference commissioner Tom Burnett said. “Further, as called for by the NCAA football playing rules, the conference has additionally confirmed the violation as a targeted hit to head or neck area of a defenseless player and is issuing a one-game suspension to Mr. Littleton. The Southland will always work to ensure the safety and well-being of its student-athletes during competition.”
Littleton will be suspended for Sam Houston State’s game at New Mexico on Saturday.