The losses keep piling up for the Michigan State football team.
Copeland’s departure creates another hole in a Michigan State secondary that was already in flux.
“There’s certain things you got to be able to make as you process yourself through junior to senior (year) and things of that nature”, Dantonio said.
“It’s just going back to what I came in doing”, Staten said.
He played in seven games previous year, including five starts, but suffered a broken foot during a midseason practice and missed the final five games of the season.
Injuries limited Copeland’s impact over the last two seasons, but he did record 36 tackles and an interception in seven games previous year.
Dantonio also announced that offensive line coach Mark Staten has been promoted to assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator and Sheldon White will serve as the director of player personnel.
White worked for 19 years in the front office of the Detroit Lions and was the team’s interim general manager in 2015.
In his new role at MSU, White expects to help determine where the Spartans’ players are in their development and evaluate their progress throughout their time on campus.
Staten took a recruiting leadership role in early February when former staff member Curtis Blackwell was suspended in connection with a sexual assault investigation. He was originally brought to court for allegedly spitting in a police officer’s face last fall.
Also notable is that Dantonio failed to expand on the status of defensive end Demetrius Cooper, another potential starter who has been involved in several legal issues in the past year. Demetric Vance was dismissed from the program after being charged with sexual assault, with Kenney Lyke and Kaleel Gaines both transferring this spring. He tweeted earlier this week that he hoped to be cleared medically this month, but it’s not clear if and when he’ll be able to play again. “Certainly he’s been a good player for us, but I don’t know enough to speak to his medical situation. I can say that”, Dantonio said at a press conference.
Dantonio said Staten, who is entering his 11th season with Michigan State and 14th as an assistant under Dantonio, will maintain his role working with the offensive linemen. He left the program in August, but he planned to return this summer. I was admitted to get back in and everything.