Photos From Michigan State Recruit Prove Mark Dantonio Lied
Photos from a Michigan State recruit prove Mark Dantonio lied about a recruiting violation.
Dantonio, who stepped down as the Spartans’ head football coach a few weeks ago, is currently embroiled in a wrongful termination lawsuit.
Former Michigan State staff member, Curtis Blackwell, filed the lawsuit and within it accused Dantonio of having him enter a recruit’s home even though he was not permitted to do so.
Based on NCAA regulations, this qualifies as a recruiting violation.
Dantonio previously insisted that Blackwell stayed in the vehicle during the recruiting visit and that no violation occurred, but a newly-released photograph disproves that claim.
— Tony Paul (@TonyPaul1984) February 18, 2020
As noted by Tony Paul of The Detroit News, a photo taken by recruit Daelin Hayes’ mother showed Blackwell, Dantonio and Hayles all posing within the confides of the house.
“A photo and a recruit’s mother’s sworn affidavit dispute former MSU coach Mark Dantonio’s claims that he didn’t violate NCAA rules,” Paul tweeted out.
Hayes ultimately decided to go to Notre Dame. Unfortunately for Dantonio, the photo he took with the young recruit and Blackwell was brought up in the lawsuit.
Dantonio also currently stands accused of another violation – arranging employment for parents of recruiters via a booster.
Just days after Blackwell’s legal filing, Dantonio stepped down from his post as Spartans head coach after 13 years on the job.
This past week, Michigan State hired former Colorado coach Mel Tucker as Dantonio’s replacement.
While Dantonio is no longer officially a head coach, his actions will continue to follow the school around until Blackwell’s lawsuit is resolved.