Tom Izzo dismisses Kenny Kaminski from Spartans

Tom Izzo dismisses Kenny Kaminski from Spartans
August 4, 2014, 4:30 pm
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Vinnie Duber

We already knew Kenny Kaminski wouldn't be coming back to Michigan State next season. He tweeted as much on Saturday.

But Monday, Spartans head coach Tom Izzo wanted to make it clear that Kaminski was dismissed from the team. He released a statement, outlining his disappointment in the redshirt sophomore.

"Despite multiple opportunities, Kenny Kaminski could not live up to the obligations necessary to be a part of our program," Izzo said in the statement. "Being a Spartan is a special opportunity, and at Michigan State we do everything we can to provide an amazing experience for our student-athletes. With that privilege also comes a responsibility to conduct oneself in a certain manner. After he repeatedly failed to meet the necessary obligations, it became apparent that it was time to dismiss Kenny from the program.

"“Although this is disappointing, it is just a minor setback as we are coming off one of the best summers in recent years. I remain excited about the prospects of our team moving forward. We have a group of individuals dedicated to a common goal and they are willing to do whatever it takes to reach their lofty standards, and ready to push each other to be the best they can be.”"

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There was talk on Twitter before Kaminski's tweet that he had been dismissed from the team, and after the forward's announcement, his brief-but-bumpy history at Michigan State was well-documented. He had received a couple suspensions last season, and Izzo refused to mention him when listing off contributors earlier this offseason.

Kaminski figured to be a much bigger part of a somewhat-depleted Spartans team this year after averaging 4.9 points per game and 1.5 rebounds per game with good shooting percentages.

Now because of seemingly his own actions, he'll be playing his college basketball somewhere else.