Mark Dantonio, as part of his job of preparing his football players for life after football, announced yesterday that he was allowing Chris Rucker to broaden his future job opportunity horizons and play travel agent this weekend.
Whether or not the senior cornerback sees the field for Michigan State’s huge Big Ten showdown with Iowa, however, remains up in the air (chuckle).
Rucker was released from jail Thursday after serving eight days of a ten-day sentence for a probation violation, and was almost immediately reinstated to the team. Dantonio said yesterday that it would be up to Rucker whether or not he traveled with the team; Rucker decided today that, indeed, he would make the trip to Iowa City.
Rucker will not start against the Hawkeyes as freshman Darqueze Dennard will continue as one of the No. 1 corners. Dennard has started the two games Rucker has missed due to an indefinite suspension.
Dantonio did not say whether Rucker would play if he decided to travel with the team, although, based on Dantonio going against his own zero-tolerance policy, it probably wouldn’t have mattered what he said in that regard anyway.