The Michigan State president called out Spartans football players involved in the postgame fight after Saturday’s loss to rival Michigan in Ann Arbor.
“I am extremely saddened by this incident and the unacceptable behavior described by members of our football program,” MSU President Samuel Stanley said in a statement on Sunday. “On behalf of Michigan State University, my sincerest apologies to the University of Michigan and the student-athletes who were injured.
“There is no provocation that could justify the behavior we see on the videos. Rivalries can be intense but should never be violent.
Several videos have been posted on social media showing several Michigan State players manhandling Michigan’s Ja’Den McBurrows and Gemon Green in a hallway inside Michigan Stadium after the Wolverines’ 29-7 victory, fourth in the ranking.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said one of his players, whom he did not identify but is believed to be Green, may have suffered a broken nose.
“Two of our players were assaulted,” Harbaugh said. “I saw on one video, 10 on one. It was pretty bad. Need to investigate.”
Police and the Big Ten have launched investigations, according to various reports, and Stanley said the state of Michigan will cooperate with law enforcement and conference officials. The Big Ten said it would “take appropriate action” after gathering further information and reviewing the facts.
Members of the Michigan team also got into a verbal altercation in the tunnel at halftime of their previous home game against Penn State on Oct. 15, with Harbaugh accusing Nittany Lions coach James Franklin of being the “ringleader” of the incident.