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Michigan State's Khary Crump Suspended for 8 Games of 2023 Season for Michigan Fight

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVNovember 28, 2022

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 29:   A general view of the Michigan State helmet is seen as a player kneels in the end zone with his hand on his helmet before the start of a college football game between the Michigan State Spartans and the Michigan Wolverines on October 29, 2022 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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The Michigan State Spartans will be without cornerback Khary Crump for eight games during the 2023 campaign due to disciplinary action stemming from the team's altercation with Michigan following the rivals' matchup on Oct. 29.

The Big Ten announced Monday that Crump will be suspended for the eight games in addition to the four games he was already suspended for this season after the contest.

Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren released a statement following the investigation of the altercation:

"The Big Ten Conference has a standard of excellence both academically and athletically that has been built over 127 years. Our standards require that our student-athletes, coaches and staff members represent the conference, and their member institutions, with the highest level of decorum and sportsmanship. We are taking disciplinary action and will continue to work with our member institutions to strengthen their gameday procedures and ensure our honored traditions."

Crump was the only one who will be punished into next season, as the Big Ten determined that Michigan State's self-imposed suspensions of Itayvion "Tank" Brown, Angelo Grose, Justin White, Jacoby Windmon, Brandon Wright, Zion Young and Malcolm Jones were sufficient.

The Big Ten also fined Michigan State $100,000 and issued a public reprimand to Michigan because it failed to "provide adequate protection for personnel of both home and visiting teams when entering and leaving playing arenas" with its single tunnel where the incident occurred.

"The conference determined that during the postgame, seven Michigan State University football student-athletes participated in the hitting, kicking or using of their helmet to strike University of Michigan student-athletes," the Big Ten said.

While the Wolverines won the game with relative ease 29-7, the tunnel altercation made the most headlines. Social media posts captured multiple Spartans players becoming physical with Michigan defensive back Ja'Den McBurrows.

"Two of our players were assaulted," Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters. "I saw on the one video. Ten on one. It was pretty bad. It needs to be investigated."

Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker expressed his disappointment in his players' behavior:

Mel Tucker @Coach_mtucker

In complete cooperation with law enforcement, the Big Ten Conference and MSU and UM leadership, we will evaluate the events in Ann Arbor and take swift and appropriate action.

As for Crump, he finished his sophomore season with one tackle and one pass defended.

The Spartans will be without him for their first eight games next season when they face Central Michigan, Richmond, Washington, Maryland, Iowa, Rutgers, Michigan and Minnesota.