- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State University and officials in East Lansing are encouraging students to keep NCAA tournament celebrating under control.

The school and city officials posted recommendations online, including a poster under the headline “Don’t Get Burned.” A statement says “taking part in destructive gatherings and burning furniture are not Spartan traditions.” It also spells out legal consequences.

The warnings come after a rowdy celebration of Michigan State’s victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten football championship game in December resulted in arrests. Police say there were at least 57 fires. Couches were burned and bonfires set.

The Spartans play Virginia in a regional semifinal Friday night in New York.

In-state rival Michigan plays Tennessee that night in Indianapolis. Celebrations in Ann Arbor typically have been more subdued.

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https://www.msu.edu/celebrations

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