Eight Michigan State football players, including three starters, have been suspended from all team-related activities after being identified as being present at a fight at a campus dorm, the university announced Tuesday.
Prominent receivers Mark Dell and B.J. Cunningham and defensive back Chris L. Rucker are among those suspended by coach Mark Dantonio for violating team rules. The others are running back Ashton Leggett, receiver Fred Smith, defensive back Brynden Trawick, defensive lineman Ishmyl Johnson and linebacker Jamiihr Williams.
Dantonio imposed the suspensions pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation by campus police into a Nov. 22 fight at Rather Hall, where an attorney has alleged football players disrupted a fraternity gathering.
No arrests have been made, but police are expected to send their findings to county prosecutors early next week.
Dantonio earlier dismissed running back Glenn Winston and defensive back Roderick Jenrette from the team. Both were out of the lineup with season-ending injuries.
The Spartans finished 6-6 this season and are awaiting a bowl bid. It's not clear how long the eight suspensions might last or if any of the players might be reinstated in time for the bowl game.
Players present at the fight were identified following interviews with witnesses and a review of "on-site video," a statement issued by the university said. The university did not provide details about the level of involvement players may have had in the incident that took place shortly after Michigan State's annual football awards banquet.
Vanessa Moss-Wilson, a Southfield lawyer, is representing Michigan State student Brent Mitchell, who Moss-Wilson says suffered an injured jaw in the incident. She has said football players stormed a gathering of the fraternity Mitchell is in.
A message seeking comment was left Tuesday evening for Moss-Wilson.