It has already been a busy news day around the Big Ten, particularly in East Lansing.
Michigan State received some good news and some bad news this afternoon.
THE GOOD NEWS
Very good, indeed, as head coach Mark Dantonio has been released from the hospital and is back home with his family. According to a team spokesman, Dantonio was discharged from Sparrow Hospital around 3 p.m. ET.
Spartans offensive coordinator Don Treadwell, who is handling the head-coaching duties in Dantonio's absence, said on the Big Ten teleconference today that Dantonio "is doing so much better, and we're very excited about his progress." There's still no work on when Dantonio might return, but his release from the hospital less than 72 hours after he suffered a mild heart attack and underwent surgery is a very promising sign.
Treadwell has visited with Dantonio the last few days and expects to keep things running as smoothly as possible. The longtime assistant will continue to call the offensive plays, but he'll be on the field rather than the press box for Saturday's game against Northern Colorado.
"We try to keep things as normal as we can as a staff," Treadwell said. "We're all rolling up our sleeves a little bit and making sure we continue to follow the plan that coach Dantonio puts in place."
Michigan State should be in good hands with Treadwell, who carries himself well and has the makings of a future head coach.
"Don Treadwell’s a special guy," said Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, who had Treadwell on his staff at Youngstown State. "I know Mark Dantonio feels very comfortable that Donnie will do whatever needs to be done."
THE BAD NEWS
Very bad, indeed. Sophomore tight end Dion Sims is one of 10 people facing felony charges as part of an alleged crime ring that stole and resold more than 100 laptop computers from Detroit Public Schools. Prosecutors in Wayne County allege Sims and nine others stole more than $158,000 worth of laptops and sold them on the Web or to friends.
Sims, who appeared in all 13 games last season as a true freshman, is charged with receiving and concealing stolen property, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis said the school has known about Sims' legal situation since February, and Sims was held out of the Spartans' first three games. Sims now has been indefinitely suspended from all team-related activities.
"Dion informed the coaching staff of the police investigation and has kept them apprised of the progress of the investigation," Hollis said in a statement. "During his indefinite suspension, Dion will continue to have access to all of the available resources in the Clara Bell Smith Student-Athlete Academic Center. We will allow the legal process to play out before we make any final decision regarding his future status with the team."
This is a very disturbing story, especially given the struggles in Detroit right now. College football players do a lot of stupid things, but if true, this is one of the worst I can remember.
Sims came to Michigan State as an extremely decorated athlete, and he even had an audition with Tom Izzo's basketball squad last year.
Let's see how this plays out, but it's not a good situation.