EAST LANSING - B.J. Cunningham, Mark Dell, Ashton Leggett, Chris L. Rucker, Fred Smith, Bryden Trawick, Ishmyl Johnson and Jamiihr Williams have been suspended from the Michigan State football team as a result of the investigation into the Rather Hall incident, GoSpartans.net has learned.
It is unclear, whether any of the eight players will be allowed to participate in practices leading up to an expected bowl bid, but at this point that seems unlikely.
According to a statement released by Terry Denbow, Vice-President of University Relations, all eight were identified as being present at the Rather Hall incident where, according to published reports, several student were attacked and one student had to be taken to Lansing's Sparrow Hospital for treatment of injuries.
Michigan State dismissed running back Glenn Winston and defensive back Roderick Jenrette from the program last week and their inclusion in today's press release confirms that they were involved in the incident.
The suspension of three starters in Dell, Cunningham and Rucker along with a key backup, Leggett, would definitely impact Michigan State's chances in any bowl game, but after the fallout from the dismissal of Winston and Jenrette last week, it appears to be a necessary step.
The image of the program has definitely been tarnished by these events and Denbow stated in the release that he, Athletic Director Mark Hollis and head coach Mark Dantonio all "share high expectations and standards for conduct and behavior of student-athletes."