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Big Ten reprimands Diggs, Edsall

The Big Ten suspended Maryland wideout Stefon Diggs for one game and issued a public reprimand against both him and coach Randy Edsall for violating the Big Ten Sportsmanship Policy before Saturday afternoon's game against Penn State.

Maryland was also fined $10,000 for the violation.

The suspension and reprimand were both a result of a pregame scuffle that, according to a statement by the Big Ten, was initiated by the Terrapins. Diggs was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, and the conference chided Edsall for not controlling his players.

"I accept the penalties handed down by the Big Ten Conference and take full responsibility of our actions this past Saturday at Penn State," Edsall said in a statement. "Our football program did not live up to the standards that we set for ourselves. 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."

The punishment was not directly connected to the lack of a pregame handshake with Penn State -- although the conference also addressed that separate issue in a statement.

"The decision by Maryland team captains to not shake hands with Penn State team captains during the pregame coin toss ceremony was exceptionally regrettable," the statement read. "For many, many decades the intercollegiate pregame 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."

Diggs, tight end P.J. Gallo and safety Sean Davis kept their arms down by their sides when Penn State's captains attempted to shake hands before the coin toss. Edsall and Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson both apologized for that stunt following the Terps' 20-19 win over the Nittany Lions.

Diggs, Maryland's leading receiver, will serve his suspension Nov. 15 against Michigan State.

"I sincerely apologize for my conduct prior to kickoff this weekend," Diggs said in a statement. "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. 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."