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‘Step out into the light a little bit’

“Obviously I had anticipated that this would be sort of finalized to some extent, just in terms of the investigative process,” Head coach Mark Dantonio said at a press conference on March 28, 2017 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich. “But that’s not been the case, so because we have a spring football game on Saturday, because it’s a community event, because we have a huge youth clinic that last year drew 1,800 young people. I wanted to come before everybody today just to sort of step out into the light a little bit.”

There are currently three players suspended from the team as a result of a criminal investigation into an alleged sexual assault that took place in the early-morning hours of Jan. 16. This was Dantonio’s first press conference about the situation since the university announced on Feb. 9 that three football players were the subject of a criminal sexual assault complaint. Also on Feb. 9, the university announced a football staff member had also been suspended. Michigan State’s annual spring game is scheduled for April 1.

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