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Breaking: Charges Filed Against Michigan State Players For Stadium Tunnel Incident

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On October 29th, an incident between Michigan and Michigan State in the singular tunnel of "The Big House" led to the suspension of eight Spartan players. 

Today, in an update by the Detroit Free Press' Tony Garcia, seven of the eight suspended Michigan State athletes now face criminal charges for their involvement in the scuffle. 

According to the University of Michigan's Division of Public Safety and Security, the following Spartan players face varying charges: Khary Crump, Jacoby Windmon, Itayvion Brown, Angelo Grose, Justin White, Brandon Wright and Zion Young. 

"BREAKING: Charges have been filed against 7 MSU football players for their involvement in the tunnel melee against Michigan players on Oct. 29 Khary Crump being charged with felonious assault, Jacoby Windon assault & battery, 5 others with aggravated assault," Tony Garcia tweeted Wednesday. 

Of the seven listed players, Khary Crump faces the most serious allegations after being charged with felonious assault.

The six other Spartans are alleged to have committed aggravated assault, with Jacoby Windmon also facing battery charges. 

Michigan's Division of Public Safety and Security released a statement alongside the list of charged Michigan State players, which reads:

"Following the altercation between members of the Michigan and Michigan State football teams on October 29, the University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and Security (UMDPSS) conducted a thorough investigation into potential criminal liability. UMDPSS was assisted in its investigation by the Michigan State University Police Department and the Michigan State Police. We are grateful to our law-enforcement partners for their exhaustive investigation.

At the conclusion of that investigation, UMDPSS submitted to the Prosecutor's Office a request for criminal charges against several individuals--all student-athletes on the Michigan State football team...All charges are merely allegations. Those charged are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. We understand and appreciate the widespread interest in this matter. Consistent with the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct, however, we cannot and do not engage in pretrial publicity around pending cases. See Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct 3.6."

The only Spartan player suspended for their role in the late-October altercation not charged today is Malcolm Jones. It's unclear whether his suspension will be lifted or if he still faces potential criminal litigation. 

Michigan State, 5-6, will finish their regular season on Saturday against Penn State. The Spartans will likely need a win against the Nittany Lions to become bowl eligible.