It’s been a really rough year for Illinois and junior Tito Odenigbo let his frustrations get the best of him in the second half of the Illini’s game against Northwestern.
After one of his teammates was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct for shoving a Northwestern player after the whistle, Odenigbo picked up one of the flags, which appeared to hit him in the shoulder pad, and flung it at an official, hitting him on the head.
Tito Odenigbo was ejected for tossing the flag back at one of the refs. pic.twitter.com/NBKDHYpG4z
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) November 25, 2017
Unsurprisingly, Odenigbo was ejected for his actions, putting a premature end to his junior season.
Luckily, the flag appeared to hit the official on the underside of the brim of his hat, instead of hitting him right in the face.
Illinois lost the game 42-7 to finish the season, the program’s second under Lovie Smith, with a 2-10 record.
The Illini did not win a single Big Ten game this season and are now 5-19 (2-16 Big Ten) under Smith.
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