Michigan State University Athletic Director Resigns Amid Nassar Scandal

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NCAA Inquiry At Michigan State Reminds Some Of Penn State
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27 January, 2018

Chairman Brian Breslin asked state Attorney General Bill Schuette to appoint an independent third party to investigate the school as soon as possible to see whether any other employees at Michigan State were complicit in allowing serial sexual predator Larry Nassar to abuse girls and young women on campus for almost two decades.

Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis, one of the most innovative administrators in college athletics and the mastermind behind some of the most unique early season college basketball events, announced his resignation on Friday morning.

Hollis' retirement comes two days after MSU President Lou Anna Simon said she was stepping down after criticism of the way the school has handled the Nassar allegations since the late 1990s.

More than 150 of Nassar's victims gave emotional statements at his sentencing hearing in Lansing, Michigan.

Also Friday, USA Gymnastics confirmed that its entire board of directors would resign as requested by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC). More than 150 women and girls, including numerous athletes and Olympic gymnasts, have accused the former USA gymnastics team doctor of abuse.

Former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar addresses the court during the sentencing phase in Ingham County Circuit Court. Another board member said the words of victims had been playing over and over in her mind since she heard them in the courtroom, on TV and through newspaper accounts. USA Gymnastics said it reported the sexual abuse allegations to authorities when it learned about them.

Lorenzo Santavicca, president of the Associated Students of Michigan State University, told the crowd that - no matter the school's leadership - students are ultimately what defines the university.

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In this October 20, 2017, photo, Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon speaks during the dedication ceremony for the Gilbert Pavilion and Tom Izzo Hall of History inside Michigan State's Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, Mich. Simon submitted her resignation Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, amid an outcry over the school's handling of allegations against Larry Nassar.

"It's Penn State all over again", said Scott Tompsett, a veteran attorney who has represented coaches, athletic directors, athletes and schools in more than 100 NCAA infractions cases.

Some victims say they reported to Kathie Klages, who ran camps for teen gymnasts and was women's gymnastics coach until last February. "And it's no answer to say, 'Well, there's never been anything this heinous before.' Either NCAA rules apply to sexual assaults or they don't". "And we're here to say that it's important to us and we're going to make it so it's important to you too". He's vice president and secretary of the MSU Board of Trustees. Attorneys handling civil cases against Michigan State and USA Gymnastics, among others, are also looking into those details.

But from the bottom, the MSU students want change.

"This is about changing the culture at Michigan State University that allowed a predator to exist among us".

They spoke directly to victims, as fathers, as women, as people who had pledged to care for students at this public university. "I grew up it Lansing", Lemke said.


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