East Lansing police were busy interviewing MSU athletes on Tuesday-- up to 10 were scheduled-- from the fracas involving between 15 to 20 late Saturday night. The site was a hockey players' rental house in the 100 block of Center Street. A party had been held there that evening after the MSU vs. Ohio State football game.
MSU police say the investigation is quickening because of cooperation from the MSU coaches involved. And I'm told that "significant charges" may be forthcoming. The hospitalized MSU hockey player, A. J. Sturges, was released from Sparrow on Wednesday. He is due for several weeks of recuperation before returning to the team with a head injury.
High school students were involved and two were injured. The police say there were "unreported broken bones from those seeking treatment elsewhere." Police told me "It was the perfect mix for trouble-- a girl, alcohol, a late night party and a tough loss."
Eight freshmen football players are involved but no upper classmen. Michigan State hockey coach Rick Comley says he has spoken with his team about the incident and will use in house punishment. MSU's hockey team hosts Northern Michigan in the CCHA opening series at Munn Arena Friday and Saturday nights.
Police say "significant charges" are forthcoming and the investigation is speeding along because "of the full cooperation of the MSU athletic department and the coaches involved."
Is this a distraction? Yes. Is it a bad week for it to happen for the MSU football staff? Yes. Will it have an impact on the game Saturday? Well if the players involved are significant players, well then perhaps, but I have no reason to believe that at this point.