Dantonio, MSU will not renew Curtis Blackwell's contract

Dantonio, MSU will not renew Curtis Blackwell's contract

The university confirmed that a football staffer was suspended that same day in relation to the ongoing sexual assault investigation involving three Michigan State football players, but the school said it could not get into specifics about the exact reasons Blackwell was suspended.

The decision brings an end to a period of almost four months during which Blackwell was suspended with pay by the school but had no final resolution on his status. Blackwell didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment on Tuesday.

Of the three investigations into the alleged incident, only the school's Title IX investigation has been completed.

The Ingham Country Prosecutor is now reviewing the criminal case that was investigated by the Michigan State University Police. The Michigan State University Police submitted four warrant requests, three for sexual assault and one for a non-sexual crime.

His MSU contract has been renewed on a monthly basis since the end of March.

Blackwell came to Michigan State after founding and serving as co-director of Sound Mind Sound Body, a prominent football camp that has grown quickly in recent years. He previously coached at two Detroit-area high schools.

He joined the Michigan State staff in 2013 and was a key piece of the Spartans' recruiting operations.

Blackwell was once lauded as a home run hire for Dantonio.

"All I can say is that this was a decision (Dantonio) reached and the contract will not be extended", Cody said.

A spokesman from the football team said Dantonio wouldn't comment further Tuesday.

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