Maryland Refuses to Shake Hands with Penn State, Gets Flagged for Shoving

Tristan ThornburghSocial Media StaffNovember 1, 2014

via IncredibleMonk

The University of Maryland Terrapins are attempting to fire up their rivalry with Penn State, and they chose a very unsportsmanlike way to do it. 

Prior to their coin toss against the Nittany Lions on Saturday, Maryland's three captains refused to shake the hands of their opponents. The teams also engaged in a pregame shoving match. As a result, Maryland earned a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the kickoff.

Not the best way to start a game, Terps.

Update: Monday, November 3

The NCAA singled out Maryland receiver Stefon Diggs and coach Randy Edsall for their roles in the scuffle, suspending Diggs for one game. Via ESPN's Josh Moyer:

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.

---End of update---

Here is a look at the pregame confrontation that got physical:

Maryland's athletic director Kevin Anderson apologized for his team's behavior.

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