MSU reinstates Winston after brawl

Updated: August 10, 2009, 6:17 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Michigan State has reinstated sophomore running back Glenn Winston, who was released from jail after serving four months for his role in an off-campus fight that seriously injured a Spartans hockey player.

Winston was on the practice field Monday as Michigan State opened preseason camp. He received a 180-day jail sentence in April after pleading guilty to misdemeanor aggravated assault and misdemeanor assault and battery, but he had his sentence reduced in July.

Spartans hockey player A.J. Sturges sustained a severe head injury during the fight. He hopes to return for the 2009-10 season.

"Glenn has done everything that he's been asked to do from a judicial and a team standpoint," head coach Mark Dantonio said in a prepared statement. "He has paid the penalty for his actions -- publicly, legally and athletically -- and he worked hard to maintain his academic eligibility while doing so. We regret the entire incident, however at this time, it is important that we support Glenn socially, academically and athletically. He still has a lot of work to do."

Winston appeared in seven games last season for Michigan State and led the team with 16 kickoff returns for 364 yards. Another Spartans football player, wide receiver Mitchell White, was sentenced to 30 days in jail in March for his role in the fight.

"I support Mark Dantonio's request to reinstate Glenn Winston," athletic director Mark Hollis said in a prepared statement. "Glenn has much work to do, however, the athletics department will not turn its back on this young man. I am supportive of all student-athletes that are a part of our program. We will move forward and continue to support A.J. Sturges and Glenn with all the resources available to us."

Adam Rittenberg covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at espnritt@gmail.com.