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Conboy Decides to Withdraw from MSU

CHN Staff Report

EAST LANSING, Mich. — One day after being suspended by coach Rick Comley for the rest of the season, freshman forward Andrew Conboy has withdrawn from Michigan State.

At his weekly press conference, Comley said he wasn’t surprised with Conboy’s decision. Monday, Comley suspended both Conboy and sophomore Corey Tropp, for the same length of time, for their roles in an on-ice incident in last Saturday's loss to Michigan.

Comley said he doesn’t know if Tropp will also withdraw, but hopes to sit down with Tropp in the spring to discuss his status.

With less than a minute remaining in the game, the two players went after Michigan defenseman Steve Kampfer. Conboy punched and tacked Kampfer, knocking him to the ice, and Tropp came in after and slashed Kampfer in the neck. Kampfer, who sat out the first half of the season with a fractured skull and neck injuries as the result of an on-campus assault on him by a Michigan football player, was briefly hospitalized, but was left with only a sore neck and will be OK.

“It’s a tough decision but the right decision,” Comley said. “I think the action that took place in the heat of the battle was inappropriate and something you don’t condone. I don’t think the kids are bad kids. I don’t think it was premeditated but I think they obviously made bad decisions at a critical time in the game and I think it reflected badly on the program and a young man was injured because of it. I felt it was serious enough that it was action I had to take.”

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