The topic of the week in college football has been the violence in the Michigan Stadium tunnel following the Wolverines' win over Michigan State on Saturday, during which a group of Spartans appeared to beat up two Michigan players.
So, it came as no surprise that both Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and Michigan State's Mel Tucker addressed the incident during their press conferences on Monday.
Tucker issued an apology that lasted more than two minutes for the fight. He called the fighting "unacceptable" and said it does "not represent our culture."
"Michigan State football is about integrity, discipline, unselfishness, toughness and accountability," Tucker said. "The incidents involving a small group of our players do not represent our culture. Second, I made a decision to suspend players based upon video evidence that was provided to me and our athletic director yesterday. The suspensions will allow the players to receive academic support and medical services, but they will not be able to attend any organized team activities, including meetings, practices, weight training or games. Our entire team will be cooperating with law enforcement and the Big Ten conference to further evaluate the events in Ann Arbor. These suspensions will remain in place until the investigations are completed. When we have a full report, I will address further actions if needed. We’re not here to make any excuses for the behaviors Saturday. They are unacceptable. It’s also very important to say we honor the traditions of the Big Ten conference, including the Michigan State-Michigan rivalry game, and we have a responsibility to uphold the values of this great university."
Tucker, who announced on Sunday that four Michigan State players — Tank Brown, Khary Crump, Angelo Grose and Zion Young — had been suspended indefinitely for their roles in the fight, said that decision was made based on video evidence of the incident. Those players will not be allowed to take part in any team activity until they are reinstated.
Tucker also made it sound as if that may not be the extent of the consequences.
He said that the Michigan State team will cooperate with law enforcement and a potential Big Ten inquiry. Harbaugh called Monday morning for both an investigation of the incident and criminal charges.
Hopefully all of the guilty parties are punished enough to deter any sort of similar behavior in the future.