Michigan State staff member suspended in wake of sexual assault investigation

Michigan State last week announced it had suspended three football players and a "staff member associated with the football program" because of an alleged sexual assault investigation. Now it would appear we know the name of the staff member even if the players remain a mystery.

A school spokesperson confirmed to multiple outlets that Curtis Blackwell, the director of college advancement & performance, has been suspended with pay. Officially, Michigan State did not say for what reason Blackwell, who namely oversees recruiting, was suspended. Blackwell has not replied to the suspension publicly.

The three players were suspended last week amid an alleged sexual assault incident and potential Title IX violations. The investigation is being led by the Michigan State University Police.

"Sexual assault is unacceptable, and members of MSU Athletics who fail to uphold our standards for creating a culture that is safe, supportive, and responsive to those affected by it will be held accountable," athletic director Mark Hollis said in a statement last Thursday. "My expectation of all members of the department is full and complete cooperation with all investigations."

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Ben Kercheval joined CBS Sports 2016 and has been covering college football since 2010. Before CBS, Ben worked at Bleacher Report, UPROXX Sports and NBC Sports. As a long-suffering North Texas graduate,... Full Bio

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