**UPDATED 3:30 PM -- Transcript from MSUSpartans.com**
Here is the question put to Mark Dantonio today about Gholston:
Q. Lot of speculation when the hit Gholston took, he was knocked out briefly Saturday. To your knowledge, was he ever knocked out? What is the protocol if a player is knocked out in returning to the game?
COACH DANTONIO: The protocol first of all is he needs to be cleared. Players have been knocked woozy before. Once they're cleared, they pass their impact test, which is a base test that every one of our players takes prior to coming to camp, certain levels of knowledge, they have to be able to repass that. Once they pass that, they're cleared. I would assume that our trainers and our neurologist did that on the sideline, passed him and cleared him. Whether he was knocked out or whether he wasn't, I'm not sure because I wasn't out there. But I heard he was sort of stunned or something, maybe even had the wind knocked out of him even. I really wasn't sure on that. I just knew he got up, came off. I was on my way out there, then he got up.
I don't think this will fly. Players getting "knocked woozy," not knowing "whether he was knocked out or whether he wasn't," being "sort of stunned"; all of that will, I expect, be regarded by serious experts in head trauma as being classically ill-informed and inadequate injury prevention. All of those things -- wooziness, possible loss of consciousness, being stunned -- are classic signs of a possible concussion that demands rest, and no sideline neurological test can override the presumption on the side of safety.
The hole that MSU's staff is in on this issue just got deeper.
Per Twitter from Matt Charbonneau and Joe Rexrode, Dantonio was asked about Gholston and Dantonio's response was that he was headed out to the field when Gholston got up and began to walk of the field.
Dantonio says he was told that Gholston was "stunned" or had lost his wind. Both Charbonneau and Rexrode Tweeted "stunned."
There will be a transcript of the presser later today at the Spartan website.
I bring this up on the Board for the obvious reason that Brian's Unverified Voracity post of yesterday drew some heated discussion. Personally, I would not have written it up the way that Brian did, emphasizing personal fault on the part of Dantonio. My complete sympathies however lie with Brian's basic position which is that it seems to be an unexplainable outrage; to have seen Gholston apparently knocked out cold and then return to the game. I am seeing blog posts and other internet postings from self-identified Spartans who were at the game, who can't explain it and who themselves think that Gholston had been out cold.
If in fact Gholston was knocked out, for 10 seconds or 45 seconds, and was unresponsive after a hit like that to his head, there is no sideline test that would clear him to play. None. At that point, it is a presumptive concussion. The whole issue turns on whether Gholston was knocked out or not. I don't know how anyone can watch the video and not think that Gholston was anything other than knocked out cold, for at least 30 seconds. Hence Brian's rightful and righteous outrage.
The clever answer today would have been "No; Will was conscious the entire time. Will says so and the the trainer and all of the guys around the pile say so..." For Dantonio to say, today, that he was told that Gholston was "stunned," seems to deepen the story in a very bad way for the MSU staff.
Press conference transcript link to follow later when available.