Randy Edsall Reprimanded, Fined For Handshake Incident

Maryland head coach Randy Edsall was publicly reprimanded by the Big Ten in a statement issued Monday for Saturday’s pre-game handshake incident. A scuffle broke out on the field prior to the matchup and Maryland’s captains opted not to shake hands with the Nittany Lions.

“The Big Ten determined that Edsall failed to control his team prior to the game when Maryland players initiated a confrontation with Penn State players,” the statement said.

In addition to the reprimand, the Big Ten has issued a $10,000 fine to Maryland for the violation of sportsmanship rules.

Here’s the Big Ten’s full explanation on the reprimand and fine:

“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. 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.”

The conference also suspended Terrapins wide receiver Stefon Diggs one game for shoving a referee in the altercation that followed the handshake snub.

In all, it’s been a rough Big Ten debut for both Rutgers and Maryland in the sportsmanship department.

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Zach Berger is a reporter and Onward State's Managing Editor Emeritus. You can find him at the Phyrst more nights than not. If he had to pick a last meal, Zach would go for a medium-rare New York strip steak with a side of garlic mashed potatoes and a cold BrewDog Punk IPA. You can reach him via e-mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at @theZachBerger.

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