Michigan State staffer Curtis Blackwell has been suspended with pay, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.
The news, first reported by Kyle Austin of MLive.com, comes on the heels of last week’s news that Michigan State is investigating sexual assault allegations against three student-athletes with the football program. The school announced at that time that the three players and “one staff member associated with the football program” had been suspended “pending the conclusion of the police and Title IX investigations.”
Blackwell’s official title with the program is director of college advancement and placement. He’s been with the Spartans since August 2013 and is involved with Spartans recruiting. He was recently present at Michigan State’s Feb. 1 news conference that announced the Spartans’ 2017 recruiting class.
Michigan State staffer Curtis Blackwell suspended
Michigan State football staffer Curtis Blackwell suspended by school https://t.co/eu498vkb2p
— Kyle Austin (@kylebaustin) February 14, 2017
Along with previous coaching experience at Detroit Martin Luther King and Detroit Mackenzie, Blackwell served for nine years as the co-director of “Sound Mind, Sound Body” Football Academy, which holds a series of camps for high school football players.
As reported by Detroit Free Press’ Chris Solari on Tuesday, a Michigan State spokesman said head coach Mark Dantonio and all of the assistant coaches are not suspended.
MSU spokesman said Mark Dantonio and all of his assistant coaches remain full-time employees and are not suspended.
— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) February 14, 2017
From Michigan State’s official statement:
“Michigan State University Police is investigating allegations of sexual assault against three MSU student-athletes. The police department has been in communication with the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office, and upon concluding the investigations will forward its reports for review for possible criminal charges.
“The university also is conducting a Title IX investigation of the sexual assault allegations. Title IX consultant Rebecca Veidlinger has been retained to conduct this investigation, which will address whether MSU’s Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct policy was violated. She will report her findings to the Office of Institutional Equity. …
“The three student-athletes under investigation have been suspended from team activities and removed from on-campus housing pending the conclusion of the police and Title IX investigations. …
“MSU will take prompt action, if appropriate, in response to any policy violations or other substantive matters as a result of the investigation. One staff member associated with the football program has been suspended by the Athletics Department pending the completion of that investigation. “