Spartan head football coach breaks long silence, “This is part of the job”

UPDATE 11:30 a.m. – Spartan head football coach Mark Dantonio answered questions from the media today regarding the investigation into an alleged sexual assault involving three players. The three players have been suspended, as has a football staff member. There have been no charges filed as of this date and Dantonio gave no indication when the investigation would be completed.

He did say that the players in this Saturday’s annual Green-White game to wrap up Spring practice will be wearing jerseys with their names and numbers. The game is open to the public.

Dantonio refused several times to name the players who are suspended.

Dantonio said these are tough times but the team is pulling together and morale is high. He added that dealing with issues like this is “part of the job”.

This story will be updated online and on 6 News.

EAST LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Michigan State University head football coach Mark Dantonio is set to address reporters for the first time since news broke of a sexual assault investigation involving three of his players and one of his staff members.

We still don’t know who those players are.

They were suspended from team activities but so far no charges have been filed.

It’s been 55 days since Dantonio last addressed the media but late last month he did release a statement saying, in part, that criminal and administrative investigations will determine if a crime has been committed and he will be able to answer questions “when the time is right.”

MSU’s spring football practices have been closed to the press for the first time since he took over the program.

There were questions surrounding what would happen with the Spartans spring football game but, according to a release from MSU Athletics sentout last night, the game will be open to the public when it’s held at Spartan Stadium this Saturday.

Dantonio’s news conference is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.

You can watch the Livestream of the new conference here.

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