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A Mixed Day for MSU Football Includes Good News For Mark Dantonio, Bad News for Suspended Players

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Independent law firm Jones Day has released the findings of it’s report over how MSU’s football program handled sexual assault allegations. Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press stated in his coverage that the firm “found no evidence that football coach Mark Dantonio violated the school’s relationship violence and sexual misconduct policy”.

“We found that senior leaders within the football program … complied with the RVSM policy by prompty and accurately reporting the information they learned,” the 14 page report from the Jones Day law firm published by the Lansing State Journal says.

The report release came after an almost three hour meeting between Dantonio, Athletic Director Mark Hollis and the Michigan State University Board of Trustees.

Within an hour of the meeting, Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon’s office released a statement that it will seek charges against the three football players suspended earlier this year for their involvement with an alleged sexual assault. Though the report mentioned no names, MSU police are now eligible to seek an arrest warrant for the players in question.

Former staff member Curtis Blackwell was not mentioned in either the report nor by the Ingham County Prosecutor’s office.

These three unnamed players’ fate has been in question since the Spartan football program announced their suspension on Feb. 9. Two weeks ago, MSU announced the findings of a Title IX that concluded these players violated policy, leading to speculation charges would not be pressed.

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