The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced that twenty-one (21) student-athletes will be suspended from their season opening football game for the 2015 season resulting from an altercation during the Norfolk State at South Carolina State game on Saturday, November 22, in Orangeburg, S.C.
The altercation, which was investigated by the conference office, concluded that eleven (11) student-athletes from Norfolk State and ten (10) 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. Because the penalty for the violation for the MEAC supersedes that of the NCAA, in this instance, each student-athlete involved in the altercation will sit out the next game. As the altercation happened during the final game of the season, the penalty will be enforced for the first game of the 2015 football season.
Senior student-athletes, that have exhausted their collegiate eligibility, will not be penalized based on today’s ruling.
“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.