Nine MSU players charged with assault

Here's the latest on the mess at Michigan State, as nine players were charged Wednesday with misdemeanor conspiracy to commit assault and battery as well as assault and battery in connection with a Nov. 22 fight at a campus residence hall.

The conspiracy charges carry a maximum penalty of one year in jail, while the assault charges carry a 93-day maximum sentence.

Charges were filed against the following players: safety Roderick Jenrette, running back Glenn Winston, wide receiver Fred Smith, wide receiver B.J. Cunningham, defensive end Jamiihr Williams, wide receiver Mark Dell, running back Ashton Leggett, offensive tackle J'Michael Deane and cornerback Chris L. Rucker.

The investigation is ongoing, and more charges could be filed.

Deane is one of three new suspensions the team announced today. Wide receivers Chris D. Rucker and Donald Spencer are the others.

None of the players will travel with the team to the Valero Alamo Bowl on Jan. 2.

I'll have more on this Thursday, especially the involvement of Winston, who has been down this road before.

Tough times for Michigan State, indeed.