Big Ten suspends WR Stefon Diggs for pregame behavior vs. Penn State

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Big Ten suspends Stefon Diggs for pregame behavior vs. Penn State
Monday November 3rd, 2014

The Big Ten issued a public reprimand of Maryland coach Randy Edsall and receiver Stefon Diggs and suspended Diggs one game for violating the conference's sportsmanship policy before the Terrapins' game against Penn State on Saturday.

The school has also been fined $10,000.

Before Saturday's game, which Maryland went on to win 20-19, Maryland players initiated a confrontation with Penn State players, resulting in a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for Diggs. The Big Ten complimented the game's officials for not letting the incident escalate and said it's punishing Edsall because he "failed to control his team." Diggs will sit out Maryland's next game, which comes Nov. 15 against Michigan State.

Later, at the pregame coin toss, Diggs and the two other Maryland captains, tight end P.J. Gallo and safety Sean Davis, refused to shake hands with Penn State's three captains. While the conference didn't punish Diggs or Maryland for that specific incident, it called the behavior "exceptionally regrettable." From the Big Ten's press release:

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"For many, many decades the intercollegiate pre-game handshake has been in place to reflect a spirit of good will and utmost appreciation for your opponent, the game and the institutions that sponsor your sport. Selection as a team captain is an honor that carries with it a greater responsibility to act in a manner consistent with those principles."

After the game, Edsall apologized for the actions of his players but supported the idea of Maryland and Penn State developing a rivalry.

The win was the Terrapins' first ever at Penn State and only their second ever in the series, which Penn State now leads 35-2-1. The teams hadn't played since 1993 but will now meet every year for the foreseeable future as members of the Big Ten East.

Diggs has 52 receptions for 654 yards and five touchdowns this season.

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With the win, Maryland improved to 6-3 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten. Penn State dropped to 4-4 and 1-4.

Ben Estes

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