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Dantonio says CB Copeland no longer with Spartans
Wednesday Jun 14, 2017 12:00am

(EAST LANSING) - Former starting cornerback Vayante Copeland is no longer with the team as Michigan State announced a number of roster changes as the Spartans began summer workouts Tuesday. Head coach Mark Dantonio said Copeland wasn't "thrown off the team," but he did confirm that he was no longer a part of the program. Dantonio said he didn't want to get into details about Copeland's exit. Copeland played in seven games last year before a foot injury ended his season. He suffered a fractured neck after playing in the first two games of his redshirt freshman year in 2015. Dantonio also announced Tuesday he was promoting offensive line coach Mark Staten to assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator. Staten took a recruiting leadership role in early February when former staff member Curtis Blackwell was suspended in connection with a sexual assault investigation. Dantonio also cited Staten's work in community outreach as a reason for why he was given an assistant head coach title. Blackwell was let go at the end of May. Former Detroit Lions front office member Sheldon White will also help with the team's recruiting moving forward. He has a son who is a freshman at Michigan State this fall and started working with the program as a personnel consultant a year ago. He is now the team's director of player personnel, which means he'll evaluate current players and plays a lead role in organizing recruiting.

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