Curtis Blackwell, the Michigan State University director of football recruiting, has been suspended, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Details of Blackwell’s suspension are scarce, although it comes at the same time the university said it suspended a staffer while conducting an investigation into an alleged sexual assault.
Via Detriot Free Press:
University spokesman Jason Cody confirmed to the Free Press that Blackwell has been suspended with pay but said he could not release details nor circumstances surrounding the suspension.
Cody said Mark Dantonio and his assistant coaches are not suspended and remain full-time university employees. Dantonio would not comment on Blackwell’s suspension, according to an athletic department spokesman.
The university on Thursday announced the suspension of three football players and one unidentified “staff member associated with the football program.” Investigations into an alleged sexual assault and potential Title IX violations are being conducted by the Michigan State University Police and an outside attorney, respectively.
Cody said Monday that the staff member mentioned in the release was suspended Thursday, but would not confirm the date of Blackwell’s suspension.
Blackwell, 39, has not responded to the Detriot Free Press for comment.
Blackwell was hired by head coach Mark Dantonio in August 2013 as the director of college advancement and performance, which is not a coaching position. According to Blackwell’s LinkedIn page, his roles include developing and implementing MSU’s recruiting strategies, mentoring student-athletes, organizing official and unofficial visits for recruits, developing “recruiting mailings,” and promoting MSU football.
We reached out to one of our Campus Ambassadors about the situation, who told us that not much was known on campus other than the news. They stated that they had heard some players had been led out of the stadium in handcuffs.