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Mark Dantonio steps down as Michigan State head coach

Mark Dantonio had been the head coach in East Lansing since 2007.

Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio coaches against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during the third quarter of the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State Spartans head football coach Mark Dantonio has decided to step down from that role today. He will remain in East Lansing “in a role involving special projects” he announced today on Twitter below.

The timing coincides with more movement regarding the case of Curtis Blackwell suing Michigan State, also alleging NCAA violations during his five years with the Spartans. Blackwell was retained as the “Director of College Advancement” but now has made damming allegations in court. Dantonio’s attorneys are calling the lawsuit a “sham.”

We’ll have more on this story as it develops.