COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference has suspended 11 players from Norfolk State and 10 from South Carolina State for a sidelines-clearing brawl late in the schools’ football game last Saturday.
Conference Commissioner Dennis Thomas said in a statement disciplined players will miss the season-opening contests in 2015. Suspended players were not named. The MEAC said seniors involved who had no eligibility left were not punished.
The fight took place with 12:35 left in the final quarter after Jalen Simmons scored on a 4-yard run, giving South Carolina State ahead 29-17. Players on both sides began shoving each other during the extra point try before the situation became more serious with punches being thrown.
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Once officials and coaches stopped the fight, the game continued without further incidents. South Carolina State won 30-20.