Mark Dantonio is seeking an early release for Umar Farouk Abdulmatallab, so that he might be immediately reinstated and fill the role of starting tailback for the spartans.
When pressed on the subject of an international terrorist representing the University, Dantonio had questions of his own:
"Does a father give his son a second chance?" Dantonio asked. "I think he does."
Michigan State's coach addressed the media Wednesday
in the wake of reports that Roderick Jenrette was charged with burglary last year ... news that came in the wake of nine Spartans, including Jenrette, being charged with assault after an incident on campus, including Glenn Winston ... and that came in the wake of Winston's reinstatement last summer after four months in jail for assault.
"We appreciate Athletic Director Mark Hollis’ support in reinstating Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Umar has done everything that he’s been asked to do from a judicial and a team standpoint. He has paid the penalty for his actions – publicly, legally and athletically – and he worked hard to maintain his academic eligibility while doing so. We regret the entire incident, however at this time, it is important that we support Umar socially, academically and athletically. He still has a lot of work to do."
"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."