According to the News, the campus police consistently refuse to release any details, referring all calls to Terry Denbow, MSU’s top PR officer. Denbow appears to be in lockdown mode. He won’t even confirm that the men involved in the Rather Hall beating were members of the football team.
The News reports Denbow saying:
â€œItâ€™s always my policy not to identify people by any activity they are involved in,â€ he said. â€œYou wouldnâ€™t say members of debate team or Sigma Chi. Itâ€™s important to be consistent.â€
Note to Terry: Maybe it’s time to change the policy? Next time the debate team goes on a rampage, I really would like to know.
Piecing together the scenario from news reports and comments left below them on various local news sites, it appears that the Sunday night altercation may have been retaliation for a conflict between the football team and the fraternity that erupted the night before at The Small Planet night club on Chandler Road in East Lansing. If the rumors are true, the fraternity was doing a “Greek stroll” on the dance floor when a football player was apparently bumped. Apparently, that incident touched off enough of a fight that the bar’s security folks shut the club down before the regular closing time.
I don’t get out much, so I had never heard about a “Greek stroll.” The video below says it is from MSU, but I have no idea if it’s our MSU. But it shows that strolling involves an organized dance performance.
In 2007, Sports Business Daily reported that Forbes calculated that MSU’s football team was the 19th most valuable in the nation, generating $44M with $18.3M in profits. No wonder Terry’s trying to starve the media. The big fear is that the story will go national just as bowl bids are announced.
Adding to the scandal is the news that that Glenn Wilson had returned to the team this fall after serving roughly four months in jail this summer for assaulting a hockey player.
There’s something truly scary about the thought that the assault occurred a day after the original incident. This isn’t a case where young men with a few drinks in them lose their cool late at night at a club. The ski masks also suggest something far more chilling.
Sounds like you don’t want to cross paths with the MSU football team on or off the field. Makes me nervous even writing about them.