Dantonio, MSU will not renew Curtis Blackwell's contract

Michigan State University will not extend the contract of Curtis Blackwell, the Spartans' director of college advancement and performance, when it ends Wednesday.

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.

Blackwell will not have his contract renewed, which expires on May 31.

A message for Blackwell was not immediately returned. A spokesman for MSU's football program said there is no announcement on staff changes or reassignment of roles with Blackwell's pending contract expiration. The MSU police submitted four warrant requests to the prosecutor, three for sexual assault and one for a non-sexual crime. The school said it was retaining a law firm to investigate "football program staff members' compliance with university policy in connection with the allegations" — and that a staff member associated with the program was also suspended.

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.

Per multiple outlets, MSU athletic director Mark Hollis said in a letter to Blackwell that he was suspended for "several allegations regarding (his) conduct".

Dantonio hired Blackwell in August 2013 to help in coordinate the Spartans' recruiting in a non-coaching position.

According to a team spokesperson, Dantonio does not plan to release any statement on Tuesday.

  • Julie Sanders