Michign State’s Rucker makes Iowa trip

Defensive back Chris L. Rucker has traveled with No. 5 Michigan

State to Iowa for its game against the 18th-ranked Hawkeyes.

The school hasn’t announced whether he will play Saturday.

Rucker was reinstated to the team Thursday after missing two

games and serving eight days in jail for a probation violation

following what was initially a drunken driving charge. He pleaded

guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving.

Spartans coach Mark Dantonio said Rucker paid team and legal

consequences for his poor decision, adding he didn’t deserve a

lifetime banishment from the program.

Rucker was sentenced to 12 months of probation and 150 hours of

community service for assault last year for his role in a fight on

campus.