Feb 16, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans forward Kenny Kaminski (30) attempts a three point basket against the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the 2nd half of a game at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Nebraska won 60-51. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Kenny Kaminski No Longer A Michigan State Spartan

Kenny Kaminski sent out  a tweet on Saturday telling the world he would be transferring from Michigan State.  Odd timing considering most NCAA teams are preparing to begin pre-season activities.

The timing of Kaminski’s announcement became clear on Monday evening when Tom Izzo released a statement stating Kaminski had been dismissed from the team.

Here is the full statement from coach Tom Izzo:

Despite multiple opportunities, Kenny Kaminski could not live up to the obligations necessary to be a part of our program. 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.”

The exact nature of the violation is unclear but Kaminski was suspended twice before from the team for academic reasons.

Losing Kaminski is a little bit of a set-back for the Spartans.  Although he was a role player on the 2013 squad, Kenny Kaminski shot a league leading 49% from behind the arch and served as a catalyst off the bench.

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