Fight Suspensions Upheld
Nov. 15, 2002
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INDIANA, Pa. (AP) _ The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference upheld its decision to suspend five Indiana University of Pennsylvania football players for one game because of a fight at Slippery Rock.
IUP's appeal of the decision was rejected, and the league announced the suspensions Friday. Slippery Rock did not appeal the league's ruling to suspend four of its players, who were not identified by the school or the conference. They will miss Slippery Rock's final regular-season game Saturday at Clarion.
IUP is off this week but is ranked No. 6 in the Division II poll and virtually assured of a first-round playoff game Nov. 23. The suspended players _ cornerback Kairi Cooper, defensive tackle Craig Prince, defensive end Andrew Battle, fullback Justin Spence and wide receiver Ben Shaffer _ will miss that game. Shaffer is the only reserve.
The fight happened Nov. 9 after IUP clinched the PSAC-Western Division title with a 34-28 overtime win.
After the victory, several Indiana players rushed toward a ceremonial rock dedicated to former Slippery Rock coach Bob DiSpirito and fought with ROTC cadets. The cadets were stationed there to prevent Indiana players from scaling the rock as they did three years ago after beating Slippery Rock.
The cheerleaders from both schools are also suspended from the next football game.