Seems to me if you entrust the football program to a head coach and pay him well, let him run all of the program. Let him handle his players how he best sees fit. If and when he meets with his superiors at any time, well then behind closed doors policy on misbehaving players can either be reaffirmed, adjusted or whatever.
I don't know why it took until late October to arraign three MSU football players for something they allegedly did in April. But new coaches can't just throw out new players with the bath water. The two sides need each other in a new relationship. I have no idea how Dantonio ought to handle his players' off the field issues, but he isn't alone. Coaches everywhere have player discipline to deal with and they all do it in different ways with different measures of success-- and outside criticism.
To all MSU athletes-- learn from these three guys. What you do outside the lines represents the entire school, the team and themselves. Most athletes already know that. The few who do not always create a mess for others-- such is the case here, I'd say.
A tough final three weeks for the Williamston High School football team. The Hornets were 7-0 on October 12th-- the school's best start since the 1969 team began 8-0 en route to an 8-1 final record. An overtime two point conversion try missed against Fowlerville and Williamston lost its first game 21-20. Six nights later the tornado rumbled through the community. The "home game" the next night was moved to Okemos at the last moment and Williamston lost 33-16 to Chesaning. Williamston hosted Belding in the afternoon in its first play off game because the lights were damaged in the storm and couldn't be used. Belding scored a safety with two minutes remaining to win 23-21 and end the Hornets' season at 7-3.