Michigan State lands No. 7 ranked prospect Devontae Dobbs

Tom VanHaaren
ESPN Staff Writer

Michigan State made a big recruiting statement on Monday when ESPN 300 offensive lineman Devontae Dobbs announced his commitment to the Spartans.

Dobbs is the No. 7-ranked prospect overall, and he chose Michigan State over Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma and USC, among others.

The 6-foot-5, 304-pound lineman out of Belleville, Michigan, is the highest-ranked commitment for Michigan State since ESPN started its rankings in 2009. The next-highest ranking for a commit is William Gholston, who was No. 42 overall in the 2010 class.

Dobbs selected Michigan State over some of the top programs in the country, and he notably kept Michigan off his list for most of his recruitment. Landing the massive prospect keeps a big-name recruit away from rival Michigan, and it also prevents Ohio State from landing another recruit from the state of Michigan, as the Buckeyes were heavily involved in Dobbs’ recruitment.

The five-star recruit joins his Belleville High School teammate, wide receiver Julian Barnett, in Michigan State’s 2019 class. Barnett is an ESPN 300 recruit himself, ranked at No. 69 overall.

Both prospects are ranked in the top five for the state of Michigan, with Dobbs topping the list.

http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/23908316/michigan-state-spartans-land-espn-300-offensive-lineman-devontae-dobbs

MSU’s Bridges drafted by Clippers, traded to Hornets

Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Miles Bridges’ versatility convinced Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak to take a chance on him in the first round.

Bridges is thrilled he did.

The Hornets wound up with the Michigan State wingman in the first round of the NBA draft after trading down one spot with the LA Clippers.

Charlotte initially selected point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander from Kentucky with the 11th overall pick, but traded him to the Clippers for the 12th overall pick and second-round picks in 2020 and 2021. The Clippers then selected Bridges for the Hornets.

“He’s one of the highest character players in the draft, very athletic, plays hard, and he’s very versatile,” Kupchak said. “… There is not much to not like about Miles Bridges.”

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Charlotte later traded up to No. 34 overall with Atlanta to draft Kansas point guard Devonte Graham, a consensus All-American who averaged 17.3 points and 7.2 assists per game last season. Graham, who is from Raleigh, North Carolina, is expected to backup two-time All-Star Kemba Walker, providing the team doesn’t trade him. The Hornets surrendered second round picks in 2019 and 2023 to get him.

Charlotte initially took shooting guard Hamiduo Diallo from Kentucky at No. 45 as part of the impending trade that will send Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets, but then sent his rights to Oklahoma City.

The Hornets drafted Arnoldas Kulboka from Lithunia at No. 55.

Kupchak said Bridges can play both the three and four position on offense at the NBA level just as he did at Michigan State, and also has the size and athleticism to guard four positions on defense.

The 6-foot-7, 225-pound Bridges was a unanimous All-Big 10 first team choice after averaging 17 points and seven rebounds last season for the Spartans. He ranked sixth in the Big Ten in scoring last season, 11th in rebounding and fourth in free throw percentage (85.3 percent).

Bridges is expected to be a better offensive option at small forward than starter Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who is considered a strong defender but not a great scorer. Bridges has an NBA ready body and is one of the most explosive leapers in the draft. He scored frequently on perimeter spot ups and off screens while with the Spartans as well as on pick and roll opportunities.

“I want to get better at ballhandling so I can create my own shot and just be a threat everywhere on the floor from the 3 to midrange to getting to the basket,” Bridges said. “I definitely want to be more aggressive. I felt like in my college career I could have been more aggressive.”

Bridges did not work out for the Hornets despite the team’s repeated attempts to bring him in. Bridges said he had planned to visit after working out in Los Angeles, but “something popped up.”

Some Hornets fans on social media were upset over the team’s decision to pass on Michael Porter Jr., who went two picks later to the Denver Nuggets at No. 14.

Kupchak said the team had talked extensively about Porter in the weeks leading up the draft but decided to “move in a different direction” after he cancelled the playing portion of his scheduled workout in Chicago.

Kupchak is off to a busy start as Hornets general manager.

His decision to trade down comes one day after agreeing to trade eight-time All-Star center Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets for center Timofey Mozgov and two second-round draft picks, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the league cannot approve the deal until the trade moratorium ends on July 6.

The 32-year-old Howard was due to make $23.8 million in the final year of his contract next season.

The Hornets failed to make the playoffs last season for the third time in four seasons, prompting owner Michael Jordan to part ways with general manager Rich Cho and coach Steve Clifford.

Kupchak hired James Borrego as the team’s new head coach in May.

http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23868887/charlotte-hornets-land-miles-bridges-trade-la-clippers

Jaren Jackson Jr. brings shooter’s touch, defensive game to Memphis

ESPN News Services

The Memphis Grizzlies used the fourth pick in the NBA draft to take Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson Jr., a power player who would fit alongside highly skilled Marc Gasol in the frontcourt.

The 6-foot-11, 240-pound Jackson can play power forward or center for the Grizzlies. Memphis had several potential trade partners leading into Thursday, but sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski in the hour before the draft that Jackson had grown comfortable with the prospect of Memphis taking him and provided team officials with the requisite personal information they requested.

The fourth pick was the highest for the Memphis franchise since picking Hasheem Thabeet with the second overall pick in 2009. The previous time the Grizzlies had the fourth overall pick was in 2007 when they chose point guard Mike Conley from Ohio State.

Owner Robert Pera predicted last week that with the right pick — someone to complement Conley and Gasol — Memphis could consider a 50-win season.

“Now, I’m a Memphis Grizzly,” Jackson told ESPN after the selection. “That’s crazy. I’m really happy. I’m so happy.”

Jackson was joined at the draft by his parents, mother Teri and father Jaren Sr., who played 13 seasons and also coached in the NBA.

“He loves me. He’s been my coach, my mentor, my father, and my mother’s been with me every step of the way,” Jaren Jr. told ESPN after being picked.

The Grizzlies also had the 32nd overall pick in the second round.

Conley gave a thumb’s up to Jackson’s selection on Twitter.

Jackson proved in his first season in college he has the ability to be a game-changer, averaging 10.9 points and 5.8 rebounds. He also shot 39.6 percent from 3-point range and blocked 106 shots, a single-season record at Michigan State.

As the youngest player in the draft at 18 years, 7 months, Jackson might have the highest ceiling in terms of his ability to affect the game on both ends of the floor. He has enviable physical tools, including a 7-foot-4 wingspan and tremendous mobility.

Jackson’s ability to space the floor (40 percent from 3-point range and 80 percent from the line), block shots (5.7 per 40 minutes), switch on every screen and, increasingly, put the ball on the floor from the perimeter makes him an ideal fit for the modern NBA.

Jackson joins a franchise coming off its worst season in almost a decade. The Grizzlies recently reshaped their coaching staff, with J.B. Bickerstaff ultimately succeeding David Fizdale, who was fired in late November. Last month, the team named Jerry Stackhouse, Nick Van Exel and six others as assistants.

Bickerstaff said his coaches would emphasize “discipline, grit, physical and mental toughness.”

Information from The Associated Press was included in this report.

http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23867326/2018-nba-draft-memphis-grizzlies-select-jaren-jackson-jr-fourth-pick

Interview: Phil Steele, college football expert, June 12, 2018

National college football expert Phil Steele joined the SportsPen to talk Michigan and Michigan State and who has the best chance to make the College Football Playoff.

0:00-1:15 – What goes into making magazine every year
1:16-2:13 – Thoughts on MSU QB Brian Lewerke
2:14-2:37 – Ranking Big Ten QBs
2:38-4:20 – MSU’s defense one of the best in the country
4:21-5:18 – MSU set up for regression because of close wins?
5:19-6:40 – Impact of Shea Patterson for Michigan
6:41-8:07 – Michigan’s “nasty” defense
8:08-10:14 – Who is set up for CFP run, UM or MSU?

Mock draft roundup for Bridges, Jackson, Wagner

By Blake Froling

The NBA Finals aren’t technically over yet, but we’re already turning our attention to the NBA Draft, coming up June 21. Everywhere you look, someone has a new “Mock Draft 27.5” that promises “big changes at the top!”

Instead of making you sift through dozens of websites just to find the players you care about, I decided to do the work for you. The three players we are really interested in are Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson Jr. and Miles Bridges and Michigan’s Moe Wagner. The rest is just filler.

Here is what some of the “experts” are saying about these local stars in their latest mock drafts.

Jaren Jackson Jr.

Unsurprisingly, Jackson’s draft stock is by far the highest of the three. He’s been consistently hovering around the 2-5 range since he officially declared for the draft. Teams love Jackson’s defensive prowess and inside-outside offensive game. Plus, he’s not even 19 years old yet and has barely scratched the surface of his true potential.

CBS Sports – No. 5 (Dallas Mavericks)

Gobs of upside here. Going to Dallas would allow him the room to grow but also get playing time fairly immediately.

Sports Illustrated – No. 3 (Atlanta Hawks)

He possesses a critical duality for modern bigs: he can step out and shoot from outside, while also defending in space and protecting the rim. Jackson needs to mature physically and mentally before he can become a mainstay, but with the strides he’s made over the last couple years, he’s worth a substantial investment.

Bleacher Report – No. 5 (Dallas Mavericks)

Jackson averaged 5.5 blocks and 2.0 threes per 40 minutes during his lone season at Michigan State, which is a rare, valued mix of abilities. The Mavericks will be thrilled with that skill set and can bet on the rest of his offensive repertoire to develop over the next few years.

Miles Bridges

After returning for his sophomore season, Bridges’ stock has remained pretty much the same. He was never projected as a top-five pick and he likely won’t last past the lottery. Bridges’ fit in the NBA will be different than at Michigan State. Instead of being criticized for not taking over games and settling for 3-pointers, Bridges’ value will be directly tied to how well he hits threes and he won’t be asked to take over games yet.

Teams love wing prospects who can shoot, rebound a little and play some defense. Bridges fits the mold. His ceiling might not be as high as Jackson, but his floor is that of a solid role player.

CBS Sports – No. 14 (Denver Nuggets)

I think he falls to 14 due to players ahead of him offering up a bit more well-rounded, NBA-style skills. This is not a knock on Bridges, though, who if anything might be a tad underrated at this point.

Sports Illustrated – No. 11 (Charlotte Hornets)

Bridges immediately makes their rotation more athletic, and has enough scoring ability to conceivably contribute right away. He’s a strong, powerful player who rebounds, thrives in transition and can knock down open shots.

Bleacher Report – No. 11 (Charlotte Hornets)

Bridges should be a draft-night target for the Hornets, who need offense from both forward spots. He would work best as a small-ball stretch 4 alongside Dwight Howard, though continued progress on his shot-creating and off-the-dribble scoring should mean Bridges could also play next to Marvin Williams.

Moe Wagner

Wagner made nice strides in his game this season, but what you see is what you get. Many experts think he’s pretty close to his ceiling right now. Good shooter, not so good defender. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though. Shooting big men are all the rage in the NBA. Wagner will likely find a home somewhere in the second round or late first.

CBS Sports – No. 36 (New York Knicks)

The vision of a Wagner-Porzingis international team-up playing in Manhattan seems like a ton of fun.

Sports Illustrated – No. 37 (Sacramento Kings)

Bleacher Report – No. 29 (Brooklyn Nets)

The Nets could use a big man to stretch the floor, which will be Wagner’s NBA calling card. He struggles defensively, but his shooting (39.4 3FG%) and ability to attack closeouts are valued in today’s NBA.

Former MSU players sentenced to 3 years’ probation

Dan Murphy, ESPN Staff Writer

LANSING, Mich. — Three former Michigan State football players convicted of seduction charges were sentenced to three years of probation Wednesday morning and will undergo sexual offender treatment during that time.

Josh King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance all said they had learned valuable life lessons from the past 18 months in the legal process, but they said a young woman’s assertion that the three of them raped her in the bathroom of an on-campus apartment in January 2017 was not true. All three pleaded guilty to felony seduction charges in April in exchange for prosecutors dropping more significant criminal sexual conduct charges.

The woman involved in the incident submitted a statement to the court Wednesday that said she agreed to the plea deal for the sake of her mental health. Her attorney, Karen Truszkowski, read the plea and later said her client is now handling the counseling process for her post-traumatic stress well.

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“I became terrified to sleep because of persistent nightmares,” the woman said in her statement. “I clenched my jaw so hard in my sleep that I ruined my retainer in well under a year. … Unfortunately, this plea has allowed all three defendants to avoid admitting what really happened that night. It’s heartbreaking to admit that I have zero confidence that a significant level of deterrence will come out of this.”

The woman told police last year that King pulled her into a bathroom during a party, assaulted her and then invited Corley and Vance into the room, where they forced her to perform oral sex. An attorney representing Vance refuted the claim that anyone pulled the woman into the bathroom, and all three former players said the sex they had with the young woman was consensual.

Prosecutors originally charged King with first-degree criminal sexual conduct — a crime that carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. They charged Corley and Vance with third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

King, Corley and Vance admitted in April that they seduced the woman into oral sex at the party. Prosecutor Steve Kwasnik said law enforcement officials were able to recover one Snapchat video recorded during the encounter. King admitted that he recorded the video and pleaded guilty to a felony charge of surveilling an unclothed person.

“I understand that the actions I did back then were stupid and childish,” King said. “I am very wrong for sending out a video of the actions. Things like that should be kept private. I admit wrongdoing in that sense.”

King and Corley both admitted to doing wrong and behaving immaturely while maintaining that they did not rape the woman. Vance’s attorney, Mary Chartier, said it was important that her client and the other two men should not be labeled rapists. Vance, when asked directly by Judge Rosemarie Aquilina if he thought he did anything wrong, said, “No, your honor.” He said he learned valuable lessons about being careful with the choices he makes.

The seduction charge is a felony last updated by state legislators in 1931. It makes it illegal for men to “seduce and debauch an unmarried woman.” A seduction charge does not imply that the act was non-consensual. Prosecutors said in April that they “consistently, but infrequently” use the “antiquated” law to compel a plea without forcing the defendant to register as a sex offender.

All three former players were also entered into a diversionary program for young offenders that will give them a clean record if they make it through their probationary period without any further incidents.

Truszkowski, the woman’s attorney, said the sentencing was the best outcome they could have hoped for in this circumstance.

Kwasnik told the court that his office believed the plea deal was “the most just outcome that was attainable” and that accepting the deal did not mean the prosecutors felt the woman’s account of what happened was untrue. He said his office was troubled that all three defendants lied to and misled police when they were first interviewed and appalled at the entitlement and self-importance they displayed on the night of the incident.

“They seem to be at best oblivious to the idea that a young woman at a party would not be interested in engaging in sexual acts and at worst completely unmoved that she was not,” Kwasnik said. “And for the record, she was not.”

Judge Aquilina chided the former players for being self-absorbed and harming the woman. She took exception with Vance and Chartier specifically for not taking more responsibility for doing wrong.

“Your statement is lacking any accountability on behalf of your client and continues to victimize the victim,” Aquilina said. “It is disturbing to me.”

Aquilina is the same Ingham County judge who sentenced former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar to up to 175 years in prison earlier this year. Aquilina received widespread praise for the support and encouragement she showed survivors of sexual abuse during Nassar’s weeklong sentencing hearing in January. She had the option to sentence the three men to up to five years in prison for the seduction charges, but if she applied any jail time, all three would have been able to withdraw their guilty pleas and go to trial.

The parents of the young woman also provided a statement to the court in which they said they didn’t feel justice was achieved with this plea deal. The statement said that the three men “overpowered and raped a defenseless girl half their size while they had her trapped in a bathroom.” It said that the family didn’t think this sentence would help prevent similar crimes from happening in the future.

“It turns out there are many forces at work, and neither of those things will happen as a result of this case,” her parents said. “This case represents everything that is wrong at Michigan State University, especially in the athletic department.”

Four former Michigan State football players — including King, Corley and Vance — were dismissed from the team after being accused of sexual misconduct in 2017. Classmate Auston Robertson, who is awaiting trial on first-degree criminal sexual misconduct charges, was the fourth player removed from the team.

The university is currently a defendant in multiple lawsuits that allege Michigan State has mishandled sexual assault complaints lodged against student-athletes. The school also recently agreed to pay $500 million to settle hundreds of lawsuits connected to the abuse by Nassar — a doctor who worked with the athletic programs on campus and admitted to assaulting his patients when they came to see him for treatment.

Michigan State suspended King, Corley and Vance from the football team in February 2017, shortly after police made the team aware that they were being investigated. Football coach Mark Dantonio dismissed them from the team last June when they were formally charged, and the school expelled them last July after finding in a Title IX hearing that they had violated the school’s relationship violence and sexual misconduct policy.

Corley and Vance attended Coahoma Community College in Mississippi during the past academic year. King plans to join them at the same school this summer. The athletes indicated in court that they hope to continue their football careers there.

http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/23714711/former-michigan-state-players-josh-king-donnie-corley-demetric-vance-sentenced-three-years-probation-ordered-undergo-sexual-offender-treatment

Michigan State-Louisville, Michigan-North Carolina among 2018 ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchups

Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Staff Writer

A North Carolina vs. Michigan rematch, Michigan State visiting Louisville, and Duke hosting Indiana highlight the 2018 ACC/Big Ten Challenge, announced Friday by the two leagues.

2018 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Schedule
Monday, Nov. 26
Minnesota at Boston College
Nebraska at Clemson

Tuesday, Nov. 27
Illinois at Notre Dame
Indiana at Duke
Michigan State at Louisville
Pitt at Iowa
Virginia Tech at Penn State
NC State at Wisconsin

Wednesday, Nov. 28
Purdue at Florida State
Rutgers at Miami
North Carolina at Michigan
Virginia at Maryland
Georgia Tech at Northwestern
Syracuse at Ohio State

Michigan, the 2017-18 national runner-up, will host North Carolina on Nov. 28. The teams met last year in Chapel Hill — their first meeting since the national championship game in 1993 — with North Carolina winning 86-71. On Nov. 27, Michigan State will make its first trip to Louisville since 1995. The same night, Duke will host Indiana in a rematch of last year’s Challenge game, which the Blue Devils won.

Former ACC rivals Virginia and Maryland will meet Nov. 28 in College Park.

The schedule includes three first-time pairings in Syracuse at Ohio State (Nov. 28), Minnesota at Boston College (Nov. 26) and Pittsburgh at Iowa (Nov. 27). Other games include Florida State, a 2018 Elite Eight participant, hosting Purdue on Nov. 28 and Illinois visiting Notre Dame on Nov. 27.

The ACC won last year’s event and has a 12-5-2 record in the all-time series with the Big Ten.

http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/23669112/north-carolina-michigan-michigan-state-louisville-indiana-duke-2018-acc-big-ten-challenge-matchups

Nick Ward is coming back to MSU. Here’s what he needs to work on

By Blake Froling

Michigan State center Nick Ward announced ahead of Wednesday’s deadline that he will withdraw his name from the NBA Draft and return to school for his junior season. He might not have wanted to, but it was the right decision.

“It was a great opportunity for me to go through the process and I’m grateful for the feedback I received from NBA teams,” Ward said in a release.  “It is my dream to play in the NBA and I’ve learned a lot through my workouts and interviews that will help me when I am ready to make that next step. ”

It’s great that players like Ward are afforded the opportunity to hear from NBA teams about their draft stock and areas of their game they need to improve in without losing NCAA eligibility. In Ward’s case, it could have saved him from making a horrible decision.

“After talking to several different teams there were many positives from both his workouts and his interviews,” Tom Izzo said in a statement, “but each team gave him some suggestions for things to work on this summer as he strives to reach his full potential.  We’re very excited to have Nick back and look forward to him helping to lead our team in the successful ways he has since coming to Michigan State.”

Ward’s Michigan State tenure has been both exciting and frustrating, for himself and fans. He’s shown the ability to manhandle most defenders on the low block in one-on-one situations and has established himself as one of the most efficient scorers in the country with a 64.8 percent shooting clip. Ward’s average of 26 points per 40 minutes led the team by a wide margin.

But he struggled to stay on floor because of foul trouble, conditioning and boneheaded mistakes. Ward averaged 18.9 minutes per contest, fewer than five other Spartans, including the wildly inconsistent Matt McQuaid. There are a few things he needs to work on this summer and during next season to have a shot at an NBA career.

Ward lacks the foot speed to cover big men who could space the floor. This sequence where he “tried” to guard Moe Wagner might be the perfect example of that.

Versatility is key in the Association these days, especially for bigs who constantly have to switch onto guards in pick-and-roll situations. If a player like Wagner can make Ward look silly on defense, what would happen if he had to switch onto someone like James Harden? HIDE THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN!

It appears as though “Big Puddin'” has slimmed down since the Spartans’ season ended in March to help with those agility problems. In this workout video posted on May 22, you can see he’s got a bit more quickness in his step.

Granted, it’s just a workout video that’s specifically made to show off his skill set with no opposition, so take it with a grain of salt. But Ward knows this is one of his key weaknesses and appears to be working on it. He even flashes a mid-range jumper in the video, which has been totally nonexistent for Ward in his two seasons. Again, big grain of salt, but still nice to see.

If you’re looking for an NBA comparison to Ward, Izzo has repeatedly mentioned a former Spartan Zach Randolph. If that’s the mold Ward stays in, he has no shot at a decent NBA career.

In this more spread out and fast-paced NBA, the Randolph mold is quickly dying. Ward should look at how a player like Boston’s Aron Baynes has adapted by slowly adding a mid-range and now 3-point shot to his arsenal.

Is he a dominant offensive force now? No, but it allows the Celtics to pair Baynes with another big and not clog the lane. Ward could fit into that mold if he develops a shot and becomes a more willing passer, but don’t expect to see this in the upcoming season. A few years down the road, and with NBA coaching, this could be a real possibility.

Another glaring issue for Ward to fix is his handling of double teams in the post. He was atrocious at seeing the floor and finding the open man once a second defender covered him. This won’t likely be an issue in the NBA because no one will double him, but the Spartans certainly need to see him be more effective in those situations. Whenever the double came, he would either force up a wild post shot or throw the ball away. Teams knew this and took advantage of it repeatedly.

With the bevvy of 3-point shooters Michigan State had on the floor around Ward, opposing teams should have never been able to double team him. If he had better floor vision, Ward could have eaten defenses alive with kick-outs to open shooters. Instead, the ball usually went inside but never came back out if Ward was in the game.

With Jaren Jackson Jr. and Miles Bridges now out of the picture, Ward is now fully entrenched as the leading big man on this Michigan State team. There should be no more excuses for a lack of playing time. Rising sophomore Xavier Tillman showed some nice flashes towards the end of last season and incoming freshmen Marcus Bingham and Gabe Brown will fight for minutes, but right now this is Ward’s frontcourt to lose.

The 2018-19 season will likely be Ward’s last in a Spartan uniform, and he has a list of things to improve on between now and next June’s draft. If he does some or all of the things listed above, he will be one of the most dominant big men in the country and his NBA draft stock will rise exponentially.

Keith Mumphery sues Michigan State, says 2016 actions keeping him from NFL

Paula Lavigne, ESPN Staff Writer

Former Michigan State football player Keith Mumphery has filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the school alleging it violated his due process rights during a 2016 Title IX investigation that found him responsible for sexual misconduct and resulted in his permanent removal from the university and a temporary ban from campus.

Mumphery, a receiver, had been drafted by the Houston Texans in 2015, and was gone from MSU long before the March 2016 Title IX ruling, which was a reversal of an earlier finding that he had not violated school policy despite a female student’s report that he had he sexually assaulted her. Neither the alleged incident nor the school’s actions had been publicly reported until they appeared in a Detroit Free Press article in May 2017; two days later the Texans terminated Mumphery’s contract and cut him from the team.

Since then, Mumphery “has been unable to find a job in the NFL because of the defendants’ actions and Michigan State’s wrongful findings,” the lawsuit states, and he has been prevented from being able to complete a graduate degree in communications, leaving him without other job prospects.

The lawsuit alleges that MSU did not give him proper notice of the appeal proceedings. It also states that the university reversed its findings based on flawed and contradictory evidence in an unfair process that was biased against males.

Spokesperson Emily Gerkin Guerrant said late Tuesday that MSU did not have any comment on the lawsuit.

MSU already is facing a Title IX lawsuit related to this case, filed by the former female student who reported that Mumphery sexually assaulted her. In the woman’s lawsuit, filed in November 2017, she alleges that MSU failed to provide her with counseling and academic support and did not uphold the provision banning Mumphery from campus.

Both lawsuits stem from the woman’s report that Mumphery, who played for MSU from 2010 to ’14, sexually assaulted her in her dorm room on March 17, 2015. In the police reports, lawsuits and Title IX investigation documents, the woman and Mumphery tell two different stories. They agree that the woman invited him to her room, but the woman stated that she was intoxicated and tried to resist Mumphery’s advances, even to the point of having to push his penis away multiple times and shove him off her.

Mumphery said the woman, whom he told police had appeared sober, willingly engaged in sexual contact and was the one trying to initiate vaginal sex, but that she got angry when he insisted on wearing a condom. Her lawsuit states that she “just wanted to hang out but Mumphery wanted sex, and that Mumphery called her a “dumb white girl” and a “tease” and then left. His lawsuit states that the woman, while arguing with Mumphery before he left, said, “Athletes think they can have everything that way.”

When MSU Title IX investigators asked him about the encounter, his lawsuit states that he told them, “When you’re a star athlete, chicks come for you from all directions. My sister got a baby and I don’t have sex without a condom.”

On March 18, 2015, the woman reported the alleged incident to Michigan State University campus police. Police investigated her claim, but the Ingham County prosecutor’s office decided not to bring charges against Mumphery, citing a lack of evidence and saying prosecutors were unable to get in contact with Mumphery’s accuser.

Her report that same day to the MSU office that handles sexual violence complaints resulted in a six-month Title IX investigation that determined in September 2015 that Mumphery had not violated the school’s relationship violence and sexual misconduct policy. The woman appealed the school’s finding in October 2015.

The lawsuit alleges that the school took advantage of Mumphery’s absence and ignored the earlier findings in order to “appease” the woman, “who was still a first-year student,” and it states that the “easiest way to accomplish this was to ignore the due process rights” of Mumphery “by repeatedly and systematically failing to give him notice of the appeal and subsequent renewed investigation.”

The lawsuit states that on Nov. 11, 2015, MSU sent an email to Mumphery’s MSU email account and a Yahoo! account, notifying him of an upcoming hearing on the appeal. But the email was undeliverable to the MSU account because it was full, and the Yahoo! account was not monitored, the lawsuit states. The lawsuit also states that Mumphery did not receive multiple letters MSU sent to the parties involved in the case that included details of hearings, decisions and opportunities to challenge or appeal. As a result, the lawsuit states he was not aware of his opportunity to review or respond to the revised investigation report or appeal findings.

On March 21, 2016, the Title IX investigator issued her report, which stated that Mumphery had violated university policy by sexually assaulting the woman. The revised finding included an interview with the nurse who performed the woman’s sexual assault exam — who wasn’t interviewed during the initial investigation. He noted there was an abrasion on her hymen and scratches on her body, “which may ‘indicate the possibility of her resisting,'” the lawsuit states, although he could not conclude if an assault had occurred.

Among the letters the lawsuit states Mumphery did not receive was dated June 7, 2016, and from Denise Maybank, vice president of student affairs and services. The lawsuit states it was “allegedly sent” to an address in Georgia and to Mumphery’s MSU email account, informing him that he had been dismissed from the university and prohibited on campus until the beginning of 2019, risking arrest if he came there without permission.

The lawsuit states that MSU failed to follow up with Mumphery when he did not appear at any of the proceedings even though the university, through the athletic department, had ways to contact him. The lawsuit does not state exactly when Mumphery became aware of the ruling and the sanctions against him.

Attorneys for Mumphery did not immediately respond to emails sent late Tuesday. But the lawsuit states that he “obeyed all institutional rules when he was wrongly barred from campus.”

In the lawsuit filed last fall by the woman, she alleges that the university did not enforce the ban, noting that on June 14, 2016 — just a week after he had been banned from campus — an MSU Twitter account tweeted that Mumphery had been invited to a university-sponsored football camp on campus. It states that during that weekend, “[the woman] was terrified when her friends notified her that Mumphrey had been spotted on campus and around East Lansing.”

Mumphery’s lawsuit also states that the revised investigation was flawed because it ignored inconsistencies in the woman’s statements, it relied on the woman’s statements to her friends after the incident as corroboration to what happened, and it disregarded a statement by Mumphery’s friend.

MSU subjected Mumphery “to an insufficient process when they failed to provide Plaintiff with notice of the proceedings against him as well as a fair and reasonable opportunity to defend himself; and arrived at a predetermined, arbitrary and unwarranted decision tainted by gender bias,” the lawsuit states. “As a result, Defendants failed to provide Plaintiff with the basic due process protections that they are required to provide students accused of sexual misconduct at a state school.”

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