EAST LANSING - Running back Glenn Winston and defensive back Roderick Jenrette have been dismissed from the Michigan State football team by head coach Mark Dantonio.
In a statement released just minutes ago, Dantonio stated that both players have been "dismissed from the football team for violation of team rules."
No further comment was made.
Earlier, the State News, in a copyrighted story, said that a group of about 15 to 20 persons were involved in an incident where random students were assaulted. It also stated that some of the persons involved were "described as football players."
The article identified a junior student as saying he had to go to Lansing's Sparrow Hospital to have injuries treated after he was punched in the face in the incident.
MSU spokesman Terry Denbow confirmed an incident occured saying that the fight involved multiple victims and suspects according to the News report.
MSU Sports Information Director John Lewandowski was reported as saying all questions about the incident should be directed to Denbow.
It is unknown whether the dismissal of Winston and Jenrette is connected to the incident. Winston was involved in a prior incident and had to serve 180 days in jail for an assault on hockey player A.J. Sturges.
He had made his way back to the team during spring practices. He suffered a season-ending knee injury but was expected to be a major contributor to the team in 2010.
Dantonio also had cited the return of Jenrette to the team as one of the benefits of making it to a post-season bowl game before today's dismissal.
Jenrette, a native of Tampa, FL had been returned there after being asked by the team to take a leave of absence to address "a personal matter."