Alabama State LB Baker suspended
Birmingham, AL (Sports Network) - Alabama State linebacker Leland Baker has been suspended for the first half of Saturday's game against Alabama A&M, the Southwestern Athletic Conference announced Thursday.
The suspension was administered due to a flagrant foul Baker committed during the first quarter of the Hornets' game versus Prairie View A&M on October 15.
Though Baker was not flagged at the time, he is clearly seen on video footage striking the Panthers' Jacobie King following an offensive play.
The league ruled that Baker's actions violated NCAA Football Rule 9-6-3, which states, "If subsequent review of a game by a conference reveals plays involving flagrant personal fouls that game officials did not call, the conference may impose sanctions prior to the next scheduled game."
Baker's act also violates Section IV of the "Acts of Unsportsmanlike Conduct and Penalties" of the SWAC Constitution, Bylaws, and Sports Regulations.
Moving forward, if Baker is disqualified for fighting, or if he is issued another flagrant personal foul this season, he will be suspended for the remainder of the 2011 campaign.
10/27 19:52:43 ET