Michigan State reinstates Dion Sims

Updated: March 28, 2011, 1:20 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Michigan State has reinstated tight end Dion Sims, suspended all of last season for his role in a crime ring that stole more than 100 laptops from the Detroit Public Schools.

Sims pleaded guilty in September to receiving and concealing stolen property and was sentenced to one year of probation and 15 hours of community service. Sims' lawyer claimed the player wasn't directly involved in the theft but served as a middleman in the operation.

Spartans coach Mark Dantonio announced Sims' reinstatement Monday, and the sophomore will be on the field when Michigan State opens spring practice Tuesday.

"He's done everything we asked him to do," Dantonio said. "He's been compliant in every respect."

Dantonio also said tight end Brian Linthicum and linebacker Max Bullough will sit out the first few practices of the spring as part of the program's internal discipline.

Both players were arrested earlier this month in Aspen, Colo. Linthicum was charged with misdemeanor assault and eluding police, and Bullough, 19, with possession of alcohol by a minor and eluding an officer. The players are scheduled to appear in court April 19.

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

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