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Michigan State clarifies that it has dismissed Kenny Kaminski

Jeff Eisenberg
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Feb 13, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans forward Kenny Kaminski (30) reacts to a play during the 1st half of a game at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. (Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports)

Now we know why Kenny Kaminski tweeted he was leaving Michigan State just when it seemed he might be in line for more playing time.

It wasn't his choice.

Two days after the 6-foot-8 redshirt sophomore said he intends to transfer to another school, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo released a statement indicating he had dismissed Kaminski from the program. Izzo explained the decision bluntly, noting that Kaminski "could not live up to the obligations necessary to be part of our program."

"After he repeatedly failed to meet the necessary obligations, it became apparent it was time to dismiss Kenny from the program," Izzo said. "Although this is disappointing, it is a minor setback as we are coming off one of our best summers in recent years. I remain excited about the prospects of our team moving forward."

Kaminski's dismissal is a big blow to a Spartans frontcourt already trying to cope with the loss of all-Big Ten forward Adreian Payne. Branden Dawson will almost certainly have to play mostly at power forward instead of small forward and the interior depth behind him and center Matt Costello is mostly unproven.

Where Michigan State will miss Kaminski most is his outside shooting. He hit a conference-leading 49.4 percent of his threes last season, a big asset for a program losing top scorers Payne, Gary Harris and Keith Appling from last year's Elite Eight team.

Kaminski only averaged 12.2 minutes per game, however, because his interior defense and rebounding were often liabilities and because he clashed frequently with Izzo. He was suspended for Michigan State's two exhibition games and season opener last year due to unspecified team rules violations. Izzo then suspended him again for three games in December, telling reporters that Kaminski has "got to grow up."

It seemed that Kaminksi had earned Izzo's trust back during Big Ten play, but apparently that was only temporary.

Kaminski is no longer in line to compete for a starting job next season. Instead he'll be looking to find another program where he can contribute.

(This post has been updated since Michigan State announced Kaminski's dismissal)

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