Michigan State redshirt junior cornerback Vayante Copeland is no longer with the program, Coach Mark Dantonio confirmed Tuesday.
Updated rosters were handed out to reporters and did not include Copeland, who was expected to be Michigan State’s top cover corner in 2017. When asked about the omission, Dantonio said Copeland is no longer with the program.
“There’s certain things you’ve got to be able to make as you process yourself through from junior to senior and things of that nature,” he said. “We wish Vayante the best, but he’s not going to be able to be here.”
Dantonio would not specify the reasons for Copeland’s departure. “He was not thrown off this football team,” he said, adding, “I wish him the best. My hands are tied on that.”
Copeland redshirted in 2014 before starting in two games in 2015 and seven in 2016. He tallied one interception in both seasons with 36 total tackles last year before sustaining a broken foot in November. He also missed time due to a neck injury in 2015.
More recently, the Detroit Free Press reported that Copeland received a third chance to enter a court-sponsored program following being charged for misdemeanor possession of marijuana in 2015.
Michigan State promotes coaches
Tuesday also revealed a couple of Spartan coaching changes, with Mark Staten moving up to assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator from his former offensive line coach position and Sheldon White from program consultant to director of player personnel.
Coaching updates: Mark Staten has been promoted to asst. head coach/recruiting coordinator, Sheldon White to director of player personnel.
— Luke Srodulski (@lsrodulski) June 13, 2017
White takes over part of the role for Curtis Blackwell, who’s contract was not renewed as the team’s director of advancement and performance. Blackwell was suspended earlier this year after it was announced that three players and one staff member were under Title IX investigation.