ARLINGTON, Texas — Hunter Rison is no longer a member of Kansas State's football program. And he hasn't been for nearly a month. K-State head coach Chris Klieman said Tuesday that he isn't second guessing the move.
"Those are always difficult decisions to make, but I think we collectively got together (with) our administration and felt like it was the right thing to do," Klieman said at Big 12 Media Days. "We'll move forward with the guys we have."
After an arrest on a domestic battery charge April 19, Klieman indefinitely suspended Rison, a rising third-year sophomore wide receiver. On June 18, Rison posted a message on Twitter, writing that he had entered his name into the NCAA's transfer portal after he and K-State "mutually decided" to part ways. Rison has since transferred to Fullerton College, a community college in Fullerton, California. Last week in Riley County District Court, he pleaded guilty to one count of battery. Rison received a 30-day jail sentence and immediate probation, which is scheduled to end Dec. 19 should Rison he meet the terms of the agreement.
Klieman said he wasn't given any notice that Rison's guilty plea was forthcoming when the receiver and the Wildcats went their separate ways last month.
"I just felt in my gut it was the right thing to do," Klieman said.
The son of former first-round NFL draft pick and five-time Pro Bowl receiver Andre Rison, Hunter Rison was expected to be a valuable piece of K-State's passing game this fall.
Instead, his career as a Wildcat ended before he ever took a snap in a regular-season game.
He joined K-State as a transfer last year after beginning his college career at Michigan State. In his lone season with the Spartans in 2017, Rison appeared in 12 games, catching 18 passes for 223 yards. His most memorable outing at Michigan State came against Notre Dame, when he set career highs for receptions (four) and receiving yards (73).