The Big Ten announced Monday afternoon that it has suspended Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs for one game for his actions prior to Saturday’s 20-19 win against Penn State, and the league publicly reprimanded Coach Randy Edsall for failure to “control his team prior to the game” and fined the school $10,000.
Diggs will be suspended for the Terrapins game against Michigan State on November 15 for violating the Big Ten Sportsmanship Policy after he was involved in a minor scuffle with Penn State players prior to the game. The league also determined that Diggs’ conduct toward Penn State players and game officials violated conference policy.
Diggs was also one of three captains who refused to shake hands with Penn State players during the pregame coin toss. The league said of the handshake: “The decision by Maryland team captains to not shake hands with Penn State team captains during the pre-game coin toss ceremony was exceptionally regrettable.”
“I sincerely apologize for my conduct prior to kickoff this weekend. I let my emotions get the best of me and did not properly represent myself as student-athlete and leader of the University of Maryland football team,” Diggs said in a statement. “My behavior towards the officiating crew and the Penn State football team were unacceptable. I take accountability for my actions and will do everything I can to support my teammates in preparation for our next game against Michigan State.”
The Big Ten also issued a public reprimand of Edsall, declaring that he failed to control his team during the scuffle. The $10,000 fine was handed down as part of the violation.
“I accept the penalties handed down by the Big Ten Conference and take full responsibility of our actions this past Saturday at Penn State. Our football program did not live up to the standards that we set for ourselves,” Edsall said in a statement. “Moving forward, we will use better judgment and remain composed so that we better represent the University of Maryland. We have learned from this experience and will take the necessary steps to make sure this does not happen again.”