Michigan State announced Thursday evening that three football players have been suspended from team activities and removed from on-campus housing, and also that one football staff member has been suspended relating to a sexual assault investigation. Apparently, the coach in question was led out of the Duffy Daugherty football building in front of the team and staff (the names of those in question are still unknown at the time):
So listening to @RyanSchuiling show and he just mentioned a staffer/coach was arrested during a morning meeting, fairly public manner. Ugh.
— SpartanWire (@SpartanWire) February 10, 2017
From the Michigan State release:
Michigan State University Police is investigating allegations of sexual assault against three MSU student-athletes. The police department has been in communication with the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office, and upon concluding the investigations will forward its reports for review for possible criminal charges.
The university also is conducting a Title IX investigation of the sexual assault allegations. Title IX consultant Rebecca Veidlinger has been retained to conduct this investigation, which will address whether MSU’s Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct policy was violated. She will report her findings to the Office of Institutional Equity.
The three student-athletes under investigation have been suspended from team activities and removed from on-campus housing pending the conclusion of the police and Title IX investigations.
As part of the criminal investigation, detectives are interviewing members of the coaching staff and other relevant individuals regarding their response since the complaint was made in late January.
Separate from the criminal and Title IX investigations, the university administration is retaining an external law firm to conduct a thorough and independent investigation into football program staff members’ compliance with university policy in connection with the allegations.
MSU will take prompt action, if appropriate, in response to any policy violations or other substantive matters as a result of the investigation. One staff member associated with the football program has been suspended by the Athletics Department pending the completion of that investigation.