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Former WR Keith Mumphery sues Michigan State over handling of his dismissal

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Michigan State is dealing with yet another lawsuit over an alleged sexual assault but this time it has nothing to do with the growing Larry Nassar scandal at the school.

The Detroit Free Press reports that a federal lawsuit has been filed against the university by former Spartans wide receiver Keith Mumphery, alleging that he was “permanently dismissed from Michigan State based on false allegations of sexual misconduct and sexual exploitation by a female Michigan State student.”

“The disciplinary process and ultimate finding were motivated by an anti-male and anti-athlete discriminatory bias against,” the suit added.

Mumphery was a fifth round pick in 2015 by the Houston Texans but was cut by the franchise prior to the 2017 season after the Free Press published details regarding the alleged sexual assault case. It was later revealed that Mumphery was banned from going on campus in East Lansing until 2019 by the university as part of the disciplinary process, which began with the alleged incident back in March of 2015.

The Free Press notes that the female student at the center of the case has also sued Michigan State in federal court but tells a much different story than Mumphery does about the alleged incident and subsequent actions by the university.

Needless to say, it’s been a trying few months for the Spartans given all that has gone on at the school and you can now add this matter to the growing list of things that MSU will have to deal with.

Kyonta Stallworth is eighth player to transfer from Michigan State this offseason

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Another player has decided to leave behind his time in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State defensive lineman Kyonta Stallworth will continue his college football career at some other program. The redshirt junior announced his intent to transfer on Twitter Saturday morning.

“After much consideration and contemplation, I have decided to transfer from Michigan State University,” Stallworth said in a statement shared via Twitter. “Although I will play my remaining football elsewhere, I will always be a Spartan first.”

Stallworth switched positions for Michigan State after coming to the program in the Class of 2015, moving from offensive line to defensive line. He appeared in five games for the Spartans last season, in which he recorded 11 tackles. Due to the returning starters on the defensive line this season, it appeared Stallworth was not going to get much of a chance to crack the starting lineup on the defensive line.

As noted by MLive.com, Stallworth is the eighth player to transfer from Michigan State this offseason. Among the other players to transfer out of Michigan State include Jalen Watts-Jackson, Madre London, Darien Tipps-Clemons, Hunter Rison, and Trishton Jackson. The transfers come during a turbulent offseason that has seen Michigan State reach a $500 million settlement with victims of Larry Nassar and a report of 16 football players having been accused of sexual assault under head coach Mark Dantonio. Dantonio was given a contract extension in February.

AD wants Jim Harbaugh to remain at Michigan until the HC retires

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There may be a growing chorus of concern as to the direction of the Michigan football program from various factions around the team, but those notes aren’t being sung in the university’s athletic department.

At a series of Big Ten meetings in Rosemont, Ill., that includes all of the conference’s athletic directors, U-M’s athletics boss, Warde Manuel, was asked about Jim Harbaugh‘s future as the head football coach.  Manuel was very emphatic that, along with men’s basketball coach John Beilein, he wants Harbaugh to remain in his current job until the former Wolverines quarterback is ready to hang up his coaching whistle.

“I love my coaches across the board, love those two guys in particular,” Manuel said Tuesday by way of mlive.com. “I’m extremely pleased with where we are from a staffing, coaching standpoint and Jim and John are two people that I would love to see retire from this institution, retire from coaching. …

“I don’t want Jim to go anywhere either, but he’s got four more years at this point. Jim also knows how I feel about him. We’ve had great conversations and I don’t want him to go anywhere either.”

Harbaugh, the former NFL head coach who many assume, right or wrong, will head back to that level of football at some point before his coaching career ends, has four years remaining on the seven-year contract he signed after becoming U-M’s head coach in December of 2014.  Last year, Harbaugh’s $7 million in total pay was third in the country according to USA Today‘s coaches salaries database, behind only Alabama’s Nick Saban ($11.1 million) and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney ($8.5 million).  Right behind Harbaugh was Urban Meyer of rival Ohio State at $6.4 million.

All three of those head coaches have won a national championship, or, in the case of Saban and Meyer, multiple national championships.  In three years in Ann Arbor, Harbaugh has gone 28-11 with finishes of third (2015), third (2016) and fourth (2017) in the Big Ten East.

U-M is also 1-5 against rivals Ohio State (0-3) and Michigan State (1-2) during Harbaugh’s tenure.

Michigan State adds Western Kentucky to future schedule, too

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Western Kentucky is certainly beefing up its future non-conference schedules.

Earlier this week, it was reported that WKU had added a future game against Alabama. Thursday, not only did WKU confirm that game, but that the football program had also added a future matchup with Michigan State as well.

That game will be played Oct. 2, 2021. The Alabama game, which was originally reported to be scheduled for Sept. 25, 2021, will instead take place Sept. 16, 2023.

Left unsaid is whether WKU will pull in the $1.9 million for the road trip to East Lansing like they will for the game in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

“We always want to measure ourselves against the best, and certainly road games in Big Ten and SEC environments are formidable challenges,” WKU athletic director Todd Stewart said in a statement. “Both of these games are exciting matchups against excellent programs but also provide excellent opportunities for our program, players and coaches.

“Additionally, each are close enough for our fans to be able to travel and attend the games in person and support our football team on the road which is a key component of our scheduling philosophy.”

The 2021 game against the Spartans will mark the first-ever between the two football programs. The Hilltoppers and Crimson Tide have met three times previously, the first coming in 2008 and the last 2016. UA won all three games by a combined score of 114-17.

LB Jon Reschke may be allowed back at Michigan State, if Spartan players allow it

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A year ago, Michigan State linebacker Jon Reschke was on the move out of East Lansing. However, perhaps time has healed enough wounds to see Reschke return to the Spartans. Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio is leaving the door open for that possibility, but Reschke’s fate with the program may be left in the hands of his former teammates.

Reschke never found another program to transfer to for the 2017 season and has since undergone ACL surgery. He would need to get a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA to continue playing college football, but if he does, then Dantonio says he may welcome Reschke back if his current players decide to welcome him back.

“I’ve talked to our football team about it,” Dantonio said, according to MLive.com. “That’s our football team’s decision on that one. I think there’s certain things that you go through relative to your football team so that decision will get made as we go forward. I think it’s more important to talk to our players about that, if and when that happens.”

Football coaches allowing team members to determine the fate of a player that has fallen out of the good graces of the program is nothing new, and considering the circumstances surrounding Reschke’s departure from the program, this seems like a logical decision. Dantonio is allowing the players to determine whether or not they want to give someone who lost control a second chance rather than bring a guy who was perceived to be a bad egg back into the program without testing the waters within the locker room.