The four Central Michigan captains are wide receiver Titus Davis, linebacker Justin Cherocci, offensive lineman Andy Phillips and defensive tackle Leterrius Walton.
The Central Michigan captains refused to shake hands during the coin toss with Western Michigan team captains, in addition the MAC endorses the institution’s decision to remove them from serving as team captains in the future.
“The MAC has determined that the actions of the Central Michigan captains, in intentionally failing to shake hands of the captains from Western Michigan during the pre-game coin toss constituted a violation of the Conference sportsmanship policy,” said MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher.
“Sportsmanship is among the core values of intercollegiate athletics and a value reinforced by members of the Mid-American Conference. While the pre-game handshake is a simple gesture, it is one that is symbolic of the ethics and traditions of the game. Team captains are expected to demonstrate leadership and have a responsibility to pattern behavior that exemplifies the very best values of the team and institution they represent,” added Steinbrecher.