Football team tries to learn from Michigan State scandal

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State can't win enough football games this season to change the ugliness of the school's recent past.

The Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal and lingering questions about the school's football and basketball programs have put the university under a bad spotlight. This year's football team is hoping that players have learned the right lessons. The players remind one another to make good choices and avoid stupid behavior.

Tight end Matt Sokol says it's hard for young people to make the right decisions all the time but players are trying to emphasize representing one another, their families and the program properly.

Like with Penn State and Jerry Sandusky, all of Michigan State faces being linked with Nassar for the foreseeable future after the former MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor was sent to prison for molesting women and girls who sought treatment.

While Nassar's crimes didn't have anything to do with the football team, the program has had its own issues. Before last season, four football players were dismissed from the team amid sexual assault allegations and three pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

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