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Curtis Blackwell done at Michigan State, ending 4-month saga

Curtis Blackwell has contract non-renewed in wake of sexual assault investigation that is still on-going.

The Michigan State Spartans athletic department has had Curtis Blackwell on its payroll for the past four months. All of it while he has been suspended from doing his duties within the football program without a clue as to his long-term future.

MLive.com is reporting that Blackwell knows his future now, and that it won’t be with the Michigan State football program. According to the report, Blackwell’s contract is set to expire on May 31st and will not be renewed at that time.

A team spokesman later confirmed that Blackwell’s contract wouldn’t be renewed, according to the report.

It puts an end to questions as to what will happen with his employment as internal and external investigations in to sexual assault allegations continues. MSU had twice given one-month extensions on a contract that was set to expire on March 31st. He had been with the program since 2013 and prior to that was the co-director of the Sound Mind, Sound Body Academy — one of the most attended and prominent football camps in the country.

Last week it was revealed that the three players connected to the sexual assault investigation will face the disciplinary committee over a Title IX claim made by the alleged victim of a sexual assault by the three players and Blackwell.

The three players have yet to be publicly identified as they have yet to be legally charged in connection with the investigation. The Ingham County Prosecutor has had the case in its hands since March, as the Michigan State police department recommended four warrants for arrest.

Three of those four were for sexual assault charges and fourth for a “non-sexual” crime.

It still isn’t known what charges were recommended for any that are allegedly involved and the internal investigation in to the football program is still on-going as well.

Perhaps the Spartans were waiting out any official news on what was going to happen legally or if an internal investigation would be complete. However, one has to wonder what was different at the end of March than today.

If it was about money on the contract, it was over at the end of March, so what exactly was the point of keeping Blackwell around for two more months? Clearly this investigation is going to take some time to move further, and we’ll likely not know the details of involvement for few months.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He’s a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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