Michigan State Football Suspends Eight Players

B.Senior Analyst IDecember 2, 2009

MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 26: Head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans reacts against the Wisconsin Badgers on September 26, 2009 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Michigan State University has suspended eight football players in the aftermath of a campus brawl.

Details of the brawl still remain unclear.  According to reports, a fight broke out during a fraternity function at a residence hall on campus about an hour and a half after the Spartans season-ending team banquet. 

Witnesses reported that 15 to 20 men stormed into a potluck dinner in a lounge at Rather Hall, where some of the men assaulted and injured a few of the dinner attendees. 

Wide receivers Mark Dell, B.J. Cunningham, and Fred Smith, running back Ashton Leggett, cornerback Chris L. Rucker, linebacker Brynden Trawick, nose tackle Ishmyl Johnson, and defensive end Jamiihr Williams have been suspended from all team activities, head coach Mark Dantonio announced Tuesday.

Six of the 10 players have started games this season.

The news release on the incident states that "the 10 suspects were identified following interviews with victims, witnesses, and a review of on-site video."

This comes on the heels of two player suspensions last week, when Dantonio dismissed Glenn Winston and Roderick Jenrette for violating team rules.  Michigan State confirmed Tuesday that both players were present during the incident at the residence hall.

The Michigan State Police investigation is ongoing.  They hope to identify five more suspects.  It is unknown what charges, if any, the players could face.

The Spartans will learn their bowl assignment on Sunday, but predictions have them headed to either the Alamo Bowl or Insight Bowl.  It is uncertain whether this situation will have any impact on MSU's bowl selection, or whether any of the suspended players would be able to play in one if selected. 

Regardless, Mark Dantonio might have bigger fish to fry than a bowl game.