An especially chippy rivalry game in Mississippi has prompted Greg Sankey, the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, to require the athletic directors at both Ole Miss and Mississippi State to meet with him during the offseason to discuss putting an end to what’s become regular displays of poor sportsmanship.
The move comes after an Egg Bowl game that saw a fight break out near the end of the third quarter, after which every player on both teams was penalized. The Oxford Eagle reports that Sankey expressed disappointment in addressing the incident.
“It remains disappointing to have seen the unnecessary actions during and after the Mississippi State at Ole Miss game on Thursday night,” Sankey said. “These actions are unacceptable and my concern relates to the bigger issue of the repeated incidents before, during and after games between these football programs. These incidents have become too common in this series. I will require both athletics directors to meet with me at the SEC Office in the off-season to review past issues and develop a plan for the purpose of creating a healthier environment for this annual game.”
Mississippi State won the game, 35-3.