Mark Dantonio dismissed players Donnie Corley, Josh King and Demetric Vance from Michigan State’s football team shortly after it was announced Tuesday that had been charged with sexual assault.
Dantonio issued the following statement:
“With the criminal sexual conduct charges filed against Josh King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance, I have decided that regardless of the final outcome of the criminal process, these three individuals have been dismissed from our program, effective immediately.
“When we choose student-athletes to come to MSU, we enter into a relationship with them and their families, and we welcome them into ours. We emphasize that success on the field is not enough, as I made clear when all three individuals were suspended four months ago upon us learning of the allegations. They also must embrace our core principles, which include integrity, respect and accountability. The individuals in this case put themselves in a compromising position and did not live up to the standards we have outlined for our program.
“Sexual assault has no place in our community, and I want to share my deep concern for the young woman affected and her family.
“This is an extremely challenging situation that we have taken very seriously and has affected everyone in this program. 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.”
The players had been suspended since the university began a Title IX investigation into an alleged incident in February. There names were not released until they were charged Tuesday.
Dantonio handled the investigation appropriately, the law firm Jones Day found.
Michigan State has kicked four players off its team since April in connection to sexual assault charges. Defensive lineman Auston Robertson was dismissed on April 21.