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Michigan State Football Staffer Curtis Blackwell Has Been Suspended

Michigan State football staff member Curtis Blackwell has been suspended with pay.

Blackwell has been with the program since 2013 and serves as the team's Director of College Advancement and Performance. He also oversees recruiting.

MLive.com first reported the news. Blackwell's suspension comes in the midst of a sexual assault investigation involving three members of the MSU program.

When Michigan State announced the investigation and suspension of the three players, the school confirmed a football staff member had also been suspended. It looks like Blackwell was that person.

From the MSU statement:

As part of the criminal investigation, detectives are interviewing members of the coaching staff and other relevant individuals regarding their response since the complaint was made in late January.

Separate from the criminal and Title IX investigations, the university administration is retaining an external law firm to conduct a thorough and independent investigation into football program staff members’ compliance with university policy in connection with the allegations.

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.

Prior to Blackwell's hiring at Michigan State, he served as the co-director of "Sound Mind, Sound Body" Football Academy, a nationwide series of football camps attended by prospective student-athletes and current football coaches.

Blackwell also has high school coaching experience in Detroit.