Big Ten fines Michigan State $100K, suspends DB Khary Crump eight games in 2023 for Michigan tunnel scuffle


The Big Ten Conference fined the State of Michigan $100,000 and defenseman Kari Crump was suspended for the first eight games of the 2023 season as a result of the fight that happened between Michigan State and Michigan players on October 29 following the Wolverine’s 29-7 victory in Ann Arbor. Several Spartan players were seen punching, kicking and using a helmet to attack Michigan players in the tunnel after the Spartans and Wolverines left the field after the game, in violation of the conference’s policy on sportsmanship.

The State of Michigan has been publicly reprimanded for violating football game control conference guidelines.

“The Big Ten Conference has a standard of excellence in both academic and athletic terms that has been in the making for over 127 years,” said Big Ten Conference Commissioner Kevin Warren. “Our standards require that our student athletes, coaches and staff represent the conference and their member institutions with the highest levels of decorum and sportsmanship. We are taking disciplinary action and will continue to work with our member institutions to improve their game day. procedures and ensure that our respected traditions are upheld.”

Crump was accused of hooligan assault for his role in the incident. Itavion Brown, Angelo Grose, Justin White, Brandon Wright and Sion Young were charged with aggravated assault, while Jacoby Windmon was charged with assault and battery in the course of the incident. Michigan State suspended each of the six players for four games.

Michigan has implemented enhanced security protocols for the tunnel, which provides field access for home and away teams. The number of staff in the tunnel area has been increased to allow security personnel to better control crowd and participant interactions. The gap between visiting and home teams accessing the tunnel was also widened ahead of the game in Nebraska on November 12.

In another incident, Penn State and Michigan players got into a fight during the break following the Wolverine’s 41–17 victory over the Nittany Lions in October.