BIRMINGHAM, Ala.– The Southwestern Athletic Conference has announced multiple student-athlete suspensions and institutional fines stemming from the pregame altercation that transpired between the Southern University and Prairie View A&M University football teams on Oct. 8.
A total of 21 players — eleven from Southern and ten from Prairie View — have been suspended for one game for their respective involvement in the altercation.
After conducting a comprehensive investigation, it was determined that the student-athletes involved in the altercation violated the league’s code of ethics/conduct by committing acts of unsportsmanlike conduct.
Additionally, the Conference Office has levied a fine against Southern in the amount of $7,500 along with a fine against Prairie View A&M in the amount of $10,000 The league determined that Prairie View A&M failed to comply with the SWAC’s gameday management decorum which led to additional Prairie View fines.
The Southwestern Athletic Conference upholds an extremely high standard of good sportsmanship and does not condone unsportsmanlike behavior. We will continue to work diligently to provide our member institutions with the necessary guidance and resources to support good sportsmanship and healthy competition at all times.