PSAC rules to suspend three players

Category:  Sports
Thursday, October 13th, 2016 at 11:09 AM
PSAC rules to suspend three players by George Schmidt

Tensions had been running high all afternoon at Edinboro’s homecoming game between Edinboro and Gannon. And only seven minutes into the second quarter, a fight broke out. The fight involved players from both Gannon and Edinboro. Coaches from both sides, as well as teammates rushed the field to separate the parties involved. On the field, two players were ejected from the game for their involvement.

On Wednesday, at 4:02 p.m., the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Commissioner Steve Murray announced suspensions and program probation via psacsports.org.

“In addition to two players being ejected during the contest, an additional player has also been suspended by the conference office. Both programs have been placed on 'probation' by the conference for the remainder of the season. Members of both squads entered the field following a change of possession and gathered at the point of the initial confrontation,” Murray said.

What this means for Edinboro is that sophomore cornerback Mitch Thomas will sit out the first half of this Saturday's game at Mercyhurst. This will conclude his punishment for his involvement in the incident. Edinboro did not appeal or contest the ruling set forth by the PSAC.

Sports Information Director Bob Shreve stated via email, “Edinboro University will continue to abide by the NCAA's and PSAC's sportsmanship policies and applaud the conference for their handling of this matter.”

According to Murray, “Both institutions cooperated fully in the conference's investigation and were consulted regarding the sanctions. The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference considers this matter concluded.”

George Schmidt is a sports writer for EdinboroNow. He can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

Tags: sports, football, psac

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