Monday, March 8, 2010
Two Spartans players receive probation
The first two sentences have been handed down in the assault involving Michigan State players, as wide receivers Mark Dell and B.J. Cunningham both received 18 months probation and 150 hours of community service on Monday.
In January, Dell and Cunningham pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery for their roles in a Nov. 22 incident at a campus residence hall. The pleas came as part of an agreement where more serious charges of conspiracy were dropped against the players.
Eleven current or former MSU players have entered guilty pleas, and the next sentence comes down Wednesday (former running back Ashton Leggett).
Cunningham and Dell, who ranked second and third on the team in receiving last fall, respectively, both admitted to assaulting members of the Iota Phi Theta fraternity following a fraternity potluck function at Rather Hall.
Dell and Cunningham are among the seven players facing charges who remain at Michigan State. All seven players have been suspended from team activities, although head coach Mark Dantonio still must decide the players' long-term status. Michigan State opens spring ball March 23.
It's unlikely Dell or Cunningham will be dismissed from the program. Of the seven suspended players, nose tackle Oren Wilson and wide receiver Myles White could be in the most trouble with the coaches because their involvement in the incident wasn't known until January. Wilson even participated in the Alamo Bowl on Jan. 2, a privilege that would have been revoked had the coaches known of his involvement.