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Mark Dantonio fired Curtis Blackwell from Italy, didn't want Michigan to hire him

Here's a look at the scheduled Mark Dantonio and Michigan State football will face in 2020. The Spartans open at home against Northwestern and finish the season on the road against Maryland. Wochit

Mark Dantonio sat on a train in Italy on May 22, 2017 when he delivered Curtis Blackwell the news in a “very short” phone call that he would not be retained by Michigan State’s football program.

That was part of a 57-page portion of Dantonio’s deposition filed by Blackwell’s lawyers in federal court late Wednesday as part of the ongoing civil suit claiming wrongful termination of Blackwell’s contract.