Hoke said he decided in February that the team would take that route.
As an opposing coach told SI, “The most important thing about Michigan State is that they really play hard. That’s good coaching.”
The coach also announced the team captains Thursday.
It must seem like deja vu all over again for Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski.
“After he repeatedly failed to meet the necessary obligations, it became apparent that it was time to dismiss Kenny from the program.”
Seven years ago, Appalachian State upset the Wolverines in Ann Arbor.
As a tight end in 2013, the Michigan native snagged 49 catches for 748 yards last season.
York, a native of Harper Woods, Mich., appeared in one game last season.
“We played our best football in November into the championship game and Rose Bowl,” Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said.
With the Spartans so clearly on the rise, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said handling success will be the team’s next hurdle.