Michigan players hit in tunnel showdown with Michigan State, Jim Harbaugh says

No. Several players were involved in a postgame altercation in the locker room tunnel following the 4th. of Michigan Won 29-7 State of Michigan. Video captured by the Detroit News showed one of two incidents that allegedly took place between the teams, with an unidentified Michigan player being pushed and kicked by Michigan State players as he left the field.

“Two of our players were hit,” Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh said told reporters. “I saw a video and it’s 10-on-1. Too bad. I’m going to let our athletic director Warde Manuel talk to the officials.”

Manual was seen talking with Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren and local officials after the game.

“What happened after the game was completely unacceptable,” Manuel said. “I talked to the commissioner, he’s looking into it, the police are investigating it, and we’ll leave it in their hands, but we shouldn’t be behaving like this after the game. That’s not how another team has to catch a player. Do what they did. It’s completely and utterly unacceptable. We’re the Big Ten and Let’s let law enforcement handle it, but it shouldn’t be a competition. This is how it should be remembered.”

Harbaugh said one player suffered a nose injury in the collision, but did not name anyone involved. Michigan State coach Mel Tucker wasn’t sure what happened after the game. “I know it’s going to be a hot game,” Tucker said. “Things got heated. We’re trying to keep our guys in the locker room. We’ve got to figure out what happened.”

It was Michigan’s second sweep in as many games. 41-17 at half time Penn StatePlayers from both teams engaged in a heated exchange that led to a prolonged media feud between Harbaugh and Penn State coach James Franklin.

“All you have to do is walk into their locker room,” Harbaugh said told reporters on Monday. “You could clearly see that they were completely at a standstill. They wouldn’t let us in the tunnel. And it seemed like a sophomoric tactic to keep us out of the locker rooms.”

Michigan Stadium, which opened in 1927, has only one exit from the field to both locker rooms. Typically, the visiting team follows Michigan down the tunnel first. During Saturday’s scrimmage, the unidentified Michigan player appeared to be in the tunnel while other teammates celebrated on the field.

“There really should be a principle, the first team that goes in, there’s a buffer,” Franklin said after the initial confrontation. “Otherwise, this team starts talking to this team, they start jawing back and forth, and something bad is going to happen.”

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