The Michigan State football program hasn’t been crystal clean, according to the NCAA.
Since Aug. 1, 2013, the Spartans have reported 11 secondary violations, which are deemed “Level III” infractions. While none of them are significant, Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis had this to say, via the Detroit Free Press:
“Michigan State is committed to maintaining a culture of compliance with all NCAA rules and regulations. We report and investigate everything of which we are made aware, and our entire staff undergoes extensive rules education, including the understanding that nothing is too minor to bring forward.
“With a complex and evolving rulebook, secondary violations sometimes occur. Ideally, you would want to not have any violations, but in reality, having nothing to report would just be a result of a staff not committed to compliance.”
Three of the 11 violations involved Curtis Blackwell, whose contract was not renewed with the team in May. Blackwell was the Spartans’ former director of advancement and performance.
Because of the violations, there were three times during the 2016 season in which Michigan State’s coaching staff was prohibited from calling recruits.
More information about each individual violation can be found here.