St. Mark Dantonio? Michigan State's Football Coach Needs To Come Clean

Adam BiggersSenior Analyst IIFebruary 14, 2010

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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Spartan football season is long gone, but that doesn't change the fact that alumni and fans alike are still concerned with the current status of supposedly "dismissed" and “suspended” players at Michigan State.

In November, nearly a dozen Spartan gridironers were removed from the team, causing a national media frenzy, not to mention severely depleting Coach Mark Dantonio's roster for the Alamo Bowl.

Several prominent names such as Mark Dell, B.J. Cunningham and Chris D. Rucker were removed from the team following an incident at and near Rather Hall on MSU's campus.

Ski-masked players were said to have commenced in a beating of innocent frat boys at a dinner party in retaliation for a previous scuffle. That was an event that sent shockwaves throughout the college football world.

Damaging the university's overall image was just one of the after-effects. Dantonio endured considerable pressure by allowing Glenn Winston back on the team after an assault on an MSU hockey player the year prior. Winston was allegedly involved in the Rather Hall incident.

Perhaps Dantonio's willingness to endow Wilson with a second chance came to bite him in the rear, or maybe he just didn't care and wanted to fill a spot on his roster. No matter what Dantonio did, he was labeled as “careless” and suffered a blow to his credibility and control.

With football season just about six months away, what's the official status of those removed from Michigan State's football squad?

Rucker, Dell and Cunningham have all have been formerly charged with assault and were given legal representation courtesy of the university's law department.

Are they or aren't they on the team, coach?

Dantonio, entering his fourth year as head man in East Lansing, has encompassed himself in a media driven web of rumors and lies, but it's his own fault. Be forthcoming and honest, that's all Spartan fans ask.

Instead of hiding behind legal mumbo-jumbo, just come out with the news, we can take it. Until then, the Spartan faithful are forced to read blogs filled with less than credible accounts of the situation at hand.