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Former Michigan State Staffer Claims Dantonio Ignored Warnings About Recruit

A closeup of Mark Dantonio during an Michigan State football game.

TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans reacts during warm ups to the college football game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tempe, Arizona. The Sun Devils defeated the Spartans 16-13. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

A former Michigan State staffer testified under oath that current head coach Mark Dantonio ignored warnings about a football recruit.

According to a report from ESPN, several assistants raised concern about a recruit who "subsequently was convicted of sexually assaulting a fellow student on campus."

The report suggests that information was omitted from an investigation into how the athletic department handled a pair of sexual misconduct allegations.

Former Michigan State recruiting director Curtis Blackwell is suing Mark Dantonio and several others for wrongful termination and unlawful arrest.

Here's more from the report:

Blackwell said in his deposition that multiple assistant coaches asked Dantonio not to offer [Auston] Robertson a spot on the roster because he had a history of troubling behavior. Blackwell said he witnessed defensive line coach Ron Burton tell Dantonio that he didn't want Robertson to be on the same campus as his daughter.

Robertson sexually assaulted the girlfriend of one of his teammates. The former star recruit was dismissed from the Spartans football program when he was charged with a crime.

He later plead guilty and was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

If true, the new lawsuit doesn't bode well for Dantonio, whose Spartans have struggled on the field.