Saturday, July 15, 2017

Alcorn ready to move on after turbulent off-season

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- None of the Alcorn State football players involved in an on-campus brawl in April will miss playing time when the season begins, ASU coach Fred McNair said Friday at SWAC media day.

Seven of the 21 players arrested in relation to the fight were found guilty of simple assault, a misdemeanor, and ordered to pay $100 restitution. They were also subject to the school's disciplinary board, which addressed each of the players individually.

In the end, the Braves' coach said he felt the players involved had been through enough.

"We're ready to move on from it," McNair said. "I feel like the university did things the right way, and those guys have done everything they've been asked to do, been compliant and handled it the way they should have handled it. Now I think they are anxious to get back on the field."

That's big news for a team that was voted as the overwhelming favorite to win the SWAC's Eastern Division in the annual preseason poll.

McNair's Braves are eager to erase the bad taste left in their mouths coming off a 27-20 loss to Grambling in the SWAC Championship. If they can stay healthy, they might very well get their chance.


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