Michigan State Football: Curtis Blackwell will not be retained by program

Michigan State football lost a valuable member of its staff on Tuesday when it was announced that Curtis Blackwell would not be retained.

The sexual assault case involving three members of the Michigan State football team is ongoing, but there are specifics to be taken care of in the mean time. For example, the contract of suspended staffer Curtis Blackwell has been on a month-to-month basis.

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On Tuesday, the school announced that Blackwell, the top recruiter on staff, would not have his contract renewed for another month when it expires Wednesday. This comes as a shock to many as the news regarding the investigation has been slow and almost non-existent.

While this isn’t exactly the news everyone was expecting, it could be a sign of things to come. If he’s getting let go, then the players may be facing serious punishment. Time will tell if this is the first domino to fall.

Blackwell has helped the Spartans recruit the city of Detroit over the past couple of years and he was a major driving force for the success of the 2016 class, on paper. Can the staff rebound from this big loss and find a replacement, such as Butler Benton, to help recruit at a high level?

The Spartans are still awaiting word on the investigation, but Mark Dantonio made a bold move by not renewing Blackwell’s contract. It’ll be interesting to see what happens next.