Matt Giampapa made a grand entry into the Spartan Nation
last season when he came to Michigan State as a true freshman walk on and won a
starting role. Spartan Nation broke that
story back in August.
Giampapa performed so well that he earned a scholarship from
Mark Dantonio. Things quickly went from
great to bad when Giampapa had off field issues that forced Mark Dantonio to
suspend him for the Outback Bowl matchup with Georgia.
The Spartans added another long snapper to the roster in
Taybor Pepper from Saline, Michigan in mid-April. Pepper was given a scholarship.
By adding a second long snapper to the scholarship role it
was a clear sign that there would be an open competition for the job in the
fall. Giampapa confirmed to Spartan
Nation yesterday afternoon that he was leaving East Lansing.
“I decided over a month ago that I needed to be closer to my
family,” Giampapa is from Jackson, Tennessee.
I am very thankful to MSU and Coach Dantonio for the opportunity, but my
decision to leave was really about family and I want to be closer to them.”
MSU Sports Information Director John Lewandowski confirmed
to Spartan Nation Giampapa’s decision to leave for personal reasons. Giampapa has made no decision as of now on
where he will be transferring to, other than it will be closer to his family.