NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference announced via press release that 21 football players will be suspended from their season opening game of next season (2015) after an altercation between the Norfolk State and South Carolina State on Saturday.
The altercation happened after a scoring play during the game.
The incident, which was investigated by the conference office, found that 11 NSU players and ten from South Carolina State violated the NCAA’s Football Rule 2, Section 32, as well as the MEAC’s Constitution and Bylaws in regards to fighting. As per the rule, the athletes in question must sit out the next game, which will not be played until the teams open up next season.
Any seniors playing their final game will not face any penalties.
“While we understand that during competition emotions can be elevated, we expect all of our student-athletes to demonstrate good sportsmanship at all times. It is regrettable that these student athletes did not refrain from the altercation during this game,” said MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas.
The press release also said the conference will not comment further on the matter.
The Norfolk State Athletics Department released a statement as well, which stated they “regret that an on-field altercation involving Norfolk State football student-athletes occurred during Saturday’s football game at South Carolina State,” and that they will “work with the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference to review the incident and ensure that this type of situation is avoided in the future.”