Saturday, October 30, 2010

When "Zero Tolerance" Actually Means Tolerance For Michigan State Players

Michigan State CB Chris L Rucker is out of jail and back on the undefeated and fifth ranked Spartan football team.

In the off season, the Spartan program suffered from a rash of arrests including a brawl in a campus dormitory.

In response to the numerous arrests, head coach Mark Dantonio instituted a "Zero Tolerance" policy.

Well it seems that policy is actually more one of tolerance. Rucker was arrested for a DUI after the Michigan win and after serving eight days in jail he is back on the football team. Rucker is no slouch either having started all 11 games last season and the first six this year.

Dantonio defended his decision by altering the definition of "zero tolerance". Dantanio also left the decision of whether or not to play in Rucker's hands according to the ESPN article.

"Zero tolerance does not mean automatic dismissal," said Dantonio.

Coach Dantonio is a smart man. He knows that disciplinary problems are only an issue when you are losing.

Michigan State faces likely their last big test of the season today at Iowa.

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