Three Michigan State football players were dismissed from the team on Tuesday. Donnie Corley, Josh King and Demetric Vance were charged for an alleged incident on January 16 with a woman at an off-campus apartment.
“After charges were announced, we took brief and immediate action,” Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis said in a Tuesday press conference.
With the dismissal of Corley, King and Vance, Michigan State has now removed four four-star athletes from its impressive 2016 recruiting class. Auston Robertson was charged with a similar offense stemming from an alleged incident that took place April 9.
While Vance redshirted his freshman year in 2016, King played nine games and Corley played all 12, catching three touchdown passes. Mark Dantonio made it clear, however, that player performance would not play into his decision.
“Sexual assault has no place in our community,” Dantonio told reporters Tuesday, “and I want to share my deep concern for the young woman affected and her family.”
Michigan State had a 3-9 record in 2016, the worst in Mark Dantonio’s 10-year tenure in East Lansing and his first season not leading the Spartans to a bowl game.
“This is an extremely challenging situation that we have taken very seriously and has affected everyone in this program,” Dantonio told reporters. “The high standards I have established for this program will not change, and the values that we teach to everyone in this program will be enforced. I expect all of our players and staff to conduct themselves in a manner that reflect the ideals of this university.”