How many other college coaches would have done what Rick Comley did-- voluntarily suspend two key players for the remainder of the season given the State of the MSU team? The Spartans have endured a season unfamiliar to Comley in his 36 years as a college head coach. From last fall, when A. J. Sturges was hospitalized after a fight with a football player, to the incident in Ann Arbor on Saturday, it's been no easy season to be sure.
Comley sent one player back to the junior ranks during the holiday break and booted another defenseman off for academic issues. Now he bids adieu to Corey Tropp and Andrew Conboy and neither will be back in the future. Conboy, of Rosemount, Minnesota, has already left school. The Spartans are down to 12 forwards and six defensemen and they have five weeks of the regular season remaining to play.
They never have a home game-- they are at Lake Superior State this week end and don't play at home until February 6th against Ferris State. That's a home and home series. The Spartans then host rugged Ohio State twice, face Bowling Green in a home and home series and the same with top ranked Notre Dame to end the regular schedule. Comley is looking for help from the MSU club team to help fill out a practice roster if nothing else.
He will use his senior goalie Jeff Lerg the remainder of the season and squeeze out as many wins as he can, realizing that Drew Palmisano, who will be a sophomore next winter, will be his starter next season and his future hope to turn around the team's fortunes. Who knows how it will all end, but I doubt many other coaches, unless forced, would have eliminated two players he desperately needs in a season which has only produced seven wins thus far.