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Posted on Wed, Dec 9, 2009 : 5:34 p.m.

9 Michigan State football players face misdemeanor charges

By Staff

LANSING (AP) — Nine Michigan State football players are facing misdemeanor charges after a Nov. 22 dormitory brawl.

Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III and Michigan State University Police Chief James Dunlap said Wednesday that all 9 players have been charged with conspiracy to commit an assault and battery.

In addition, all 9 have been charged with at least 1 count of assault or assault and battery. Roderick Jenrette was charged with 3 counts, while Glen Winston and Ashton Leggett were charged with 2 counts each.

Coach Mark Dantonio dismissed running back Winston and defensive back Jenrette from the team a few days after the incident. Both were out of the lineup with season-ending injuries.

Eleven other players have been suspended, 3 more than the original 8.



Wed, Dec 9, 2009 : 10:49 p.m.

When winning is more important than building the character of a student athletes these kind of problems will happen. It does not matter the university. It is a sad state for MSU at this time. Coach Dantonio did give a player a second chance and it was a disaster. He was very quick to remove them and suspend the others involved. Hopefully he and all coaches will still make decisions on the facts and understand young students make mistakes. Sometimes the "better" student athlete does not come with great character. So it is the task of the coaches, using all the resources of the school, to help instill character to get them live up to the expectations of coaches and their university. As noted this process sometimes ends in failure. Even MIchigan has had its share of individual athletes with issues. To date we seem to have been more successful in getting our struggling student athletes to reach their potential. We hope it continues. Go Blue.

Sean T.

Wed, Dec 9, 2009 : 10:44 p.m.

East Lansing = Prison!


Wed, Dec 9, 2009 : 9:15 p.m.

Spartys do not worry Dantonio will reinstate them before your super bowl against Michigan next year. That is the most and only important game on your schedule. Dantonio says win that game at all cost. He might even bring Winston back for that game if he can get a weekend fulough.


Wed, Dec 9, 2009 : 7:32 p.m.

Gang culture at a State Funded Institution, not the Jackson big house but East Lansing MSU. As a parent of 3 student athletes at other Universities I am ashamed to read this article about MSU, however MSU doesen't seem to be alone. Lack of institutional control seems to be running rampant at many universities, not all but many. The quality and up bringing of student athletes today is a major factor and the liberal school policies detract from preventing this type of behavior.


Wed, Dec 9, 2009 : 7:12 p.m.

tater Great post. Everyone wants to bash RR for recruiting "bad" people to UM and WVA. There has been one individual that RR recruited that turned out to be a bad apple. Let's see, we now have a whole tree full of bad apples up at Cow University. Dantonio is nothing but an under achieving coach that apparently recruits shady characters. If I was considering MSU, I would surely be thinking about my decision before it is too late.