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Boston College, Michigan State announce future home-and-home

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Get out your calendars and get set to mark down yet another way-into-the-future football series.

Both Boston College and Michigan State announced Wednesday that the two programs have reached an agreement on a future home-and-home series.  The Spartans will travel to Chestnut Hill for a Sept. 21, 2024, game at Alumni Stadium, with the Eagles making the return trip to East Lansing’s Spartan Stadium Sept. 20, 2025.

BC and MSU have met six times previously, the last coming in the 2007 Champs Sports Bowl.  The Eagles lead the miniseries 4-1-1.

“Philosophically we want to play a strong schedule and adding a future opponent the caliber of Michigan State fits what we want to accomplish,” said BC athletic director Martin Jarmond in a statement. “To have one of the eight teams that have competed in the College Football playoff come to The Heights will be exciting for our young men competing on the field and our season ticket holders.”

With this addition, BC now has four Big Tn schools on its future schedules — Purdue (2018, 2020), Rutgers (2019, 2022, 2026, 2027) and Ohio State (2026, 2027).  MSU has one other future series against a member of the ACC, that coming in 2020-21 against Miami.

Police spent nearly 1,500 hours investigating sexual assault case involving ex-Michigan State trio

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Michigan State has spent most of 2017 dealing with numerous investigations into several sexual assault cases and it seems that the timetable for at least one of them continues to push further and further into the year.

The Lansing State Journal reported on Thursday that a pretrial exam for former Spartans football players Joshua King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance is being moved back quite a bit on the calendar and will now take place on September 21 instead of next week. That follows a pre-trial conference for the trio’s lawyers that is set to take place the week prior on September 15.

The reason given is that the three player’s lawyers need time to review everything related to the case. That became a little more understandable when you see this bit of information midway through the story: ‘Police previously said they spent about 1,500 hours investigating the case before charges were filed last week.’

The lengthy police investigation gives a little more context into why the three were just recently issued arrest warrants despite the alleged act taking place in mid-January. All three players were quickly dismissed from the team following their arrests, which included felony charges of criminal sexual misconduct after a woman was reportedly assaulted in a bathroom during a party near campus.

King, according to Journal, is facing up to life in prison if convicted on all charges, while the other two are looking at as much as 15 years behind bars if found guilty. Two of the three former players were set to be starters in 2017 for MSU prior to their dismissal.

LOOK: Penn State wearing throwback uniforms vs. Indiana

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Michigan State on Wednesday unveiled a different set of uniforms that really weren’t all that different, and on Thursday Penn State did the same.

The Nittany Lions will honor their program’s history during a Sept. 30 game against Indiana with a new set of uniforms, drawing on details from decades past. And since Penn State’s uniform gimmick is that they have no gimmick, the end result is only slightly different than the kit the Nittany Lions take the field in every Saturday.

Here’s the video Penn State produced to explain the changes.

If I may break the glass on the Unpopular Opinion flame-retardant suit, these “throwback” uniforms should be Penn State’s new weekly look. The current look is boring.

There, I said it.

VIDEO: Michigan State to wear white helmets for Western Michigan game

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Michigan State has not worn white helmets since 1954, according to the website SpartanJerseys.com. That will change on Sept. 9.

The Spartans on Wednesday unveiled the new lids they’ll break out for their Week 2 game with Western Michigan.

As you’ll see, they’re the same lids Sparty already wears… but white.

The Sparty-Western Michigan game will kick at 3:30 p.m. ET on BTN.

Unnamed assistant says former Michigan State staffer Blackwell acted unprofessionally

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Curtis Blackwell is no longer a member of Michigan State’s recruiting staff, and there’s at least one person inside the Spartans’ football building happy about that.

Blackwell interviewed, taken out in handcuffs and later suspended with pay in early February for his involvement in a sexual assault scandal involving Josh KingDonnie Corley and Demetric Vance. The three players were later dismissed from the program and are set to face charges, and Blackwell was let go at the end of last month.

But on Wednesday the Detroit Free Press obtained an interview an unnamed Michigan State coaching staff member conducted with MSU Police in which he lobbied multiple complaints against Blackwell’s status and conduct within the program.

Saying he was “not a Curtis guy,” the assistant accused Blackwell of improperly toeing the lines between his job as Michigan State’s director of college advancement and performance and his role as co-founder of the Sound Mind, Sound Body football camps, which he was (somehow) allowed to keep while on Michigan State’s payroll.

Those complaints include leveraging his status to pursue inappropriate relationships with parents of Michigan State players, taking a trip to a Spartans NCAA basketball tournament game on a booster’s dime and withholding critical information on SM/SB camp alums from the rest of the staff.

The unnamed MSU coach told police it was because “Curtis makes money off these kids’ parents,” through the Sound Mind, Sound Body camp, “so he is loyal to them.”

Whether or not the unnamed assistant or his colleagues approved of Blackwell’s work, the boss certainly did. Mark Dantonio hired Blackwell in 2013 and said he had no regrets about bringing him aboard. “I don’t have any regrets about bringing Curtis in. It’s just that things changed this year,” Dantonio said. “Up to that point, I think we were going in the same direction, but in the last four or five months I believed the philosophy just changed.”

Before his contract was allowed to expire on May 30, Blackwell enjoyed a raise to $129,000 a year after the Spartans’ Big Ten championship and College Football Playoff appearance following the 2015 season.