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Monday, October 25, 2010
Chris L. Rucker serving jail time

By Adam Rittenberg
ESPN.com

Michigan State cornerback Chris L. Rucker is serving eight days in jail for violating his probation following a drunken-driving arrest.

District Court Judge David Jordon said that Rucker will be released from the Ingham County Jail on Thursday after serving his sentence, which was part of a plea agreement. Rucker also received two additional years of probation.

The Spartans senior was arrested for operating while intoxicated on Oct. 11 but had the charge reduced to reckless driving. He already had been on probation for a misdemeanor assault conviction stemming from the November residence hall assault that involved several Michigan State football players.

Rucker's probation officer recommended a 21-day jail sentence, but Rucker received 10 days as part of the plea agreement. According to the Lansing State Journal, he received one day's credit for the night he spent in jail following his arrest, and prisoners at the Ingham County Jail receive a day of credit for each week served, resulting in the eight-day term.

Michigan State suspended Rucker on Oct. 11. Coach Mark Dantonio is expected to address Rucker's status Tuesday at his weekly news conference.

Adam Rittenberg covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at espnritt@gmail.com.