Contact Us

Michigan State’s Offseason Roster Released; Vayante Copeland Gone

Wisconsin v Michigan State
Bobby Ellis – Getty Images

Michigan State football released its offseason roster on Tuesday and missing from the 108 man roster was Vayante Copleand. Dantonio confirmed during media availability on the same day that he is no longer with the football program.

“There’s certain things you’ve gotta be able to make as you process yourself through from junior to senior and things of that nature, I wish Vayante the best, but he’s not gonna be able to be here. … Vayante’s done a great job here. … He was not thrown off this football team.” Dantonio said.

Copeland played in seven games last year before a foot injury ended his season. He made 36 tackles and had one pick and two pass breakups in 2016. Copeland was “red-locked” after an arrest for marijuana related charges. He is currently in court-sponsored programs.

Dantonio also expressed concern over two other possible starters that are listed on the roster.

Demetrius Cooper is currently serving a six month suspension from the program stemming from a 2016 assault and battery charge against an East Lansing Parking Officer. He also violated the terms of his plea deal in that case.

Then there is also the case of Tyson Smith. Smith revealed this offseason he suffered a stroke last season causing him to miss four games. Smith was 19 years old when that happened to him.

Copeland makes the 10th different non-senior Spartan to leave the program ahead of the 2017 season via traditional attrition (like Malik McDowell leaving early for the NFL draft) or otherwise.

Best of

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Classic Rock Crew quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Classic Rock Crew contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.