EAST LANSING, Mich. -- In front of a scrum of media members at the Skandalaris Football Center on the campus of MSU Tuesday morning, coach Mark Dantonio addressed some changes coming to Spartan football.
First and foremost, there have been some promotions handed out to members of Dantonio's staff. Mark Staten has been promoted to assistant head coach/recruiting coordinator and Sheldon White was named as the director of player personnel.
Staten is entering his 11th season in East Lansing and his 14th as a full-time assistant under Dantonio. He has been the program's offensive line coach since 2011 and previously served as the team's recruiting coordinator and tight ends/tackles coach from 2007-2010. Staten also played a key role in developing offensive line talent and helped Dantonio to a 36-5 record from 2013-2015.
White, who has hired by MSU last July as a program consultant, worked for 19 years in the front office of the Detroit Lions and has held the positions of vice president of pro personnel and interim general manager. As director of player personal with MSU football, White's duties will include coordinating the evaluation of all current players on the active roster, providing detailing evaluations to the coaching staff and organizing the recruiting efforts of the program.
Dantonio also went on to mention that corner back Vayante Copeland is no longer with the football program. Dantonio made it clear that Copeland was not dismissed from the team and he wishes the Dayton, OH. native all the best in the future.
Dantonio closed his media availability session by noting some of the ways that the incoming freshman will be introduced to the program as well as the experiences his players have already had as they try to build leadership heading into the upcoming season.