Tulsa announces 13 players to be disciplined for bowl game brawl against Mississippi State
Thirteen Tulsa players “will receive appropriate and varying disciplinary action” for their actions in the postgame brawl with Mississippi State following the conclusion of the Armed Forces Bowl, the school announced Friday.
The punishments will be administered jointly by the university and the AAC and will include reprimands, community service and game suspensions, per a report from Tulsa World.
“We were extremely disappointed by the actions that followed the game,” Tulsa interim athletic director Rick Dickson said in a statement. “The university expects all athletic teams to set an example for excellence in sportsmanship and exhibit Tulsa’s values, including integrity and respect.
“The behaviors witnessed after the bowl game do not reflect the TU values we seek to instill in future leaders. As an educational institution, we will take the opportunity to help all our student-athletes, not just those being sanctioned, learn from this teachable moment and ensure it won’t happen again.”
The AAC also released a statement on the matter.
“While we remain disappointed that the actions of a few individuals overshadowed a competitive and entertaining bowl game, I would like to commend the University of Tulsa for its thorough and decisive action,” conference commissioner Mike Aresco said. “We expect the highest degree of conduct and sportsmanship from our student-athletes and will continue to hold those who do not meet that standard accountable.”
A brawl broke out after Mississippi State’s 28-26 win over Tulsa in December’s Armed Forces Bowl.
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Mississippi State AD John Cohen released a statement following the game, but MSU has not announced any disciplinary actions.