Mark Hollis resigns as Michigan State athletic director

USA Gymnastics says directors will resign amidst sex abuse scandal as requested by US Olympic Committee

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. But after days of painful testimony from more than 150 women at Nassar's sentencing hearing in East Lansing - testimony that gave the story global reach and drove home the deeply personal impact of the abuse on each victim, and each family - board members reversed course.

"As tragedies are politicized, blame is inevitable". "As president, it is only natural that I am the focus of this anger". Trustee Brian Mosallam of Dearborn said he was sorry several times. But the NCAA could be wading back into territory where its authority is unclear: Only a few years ago, it wound up in a messy situation for punishing Penn State for what assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky did in another horrific case involving child sex abuse.

Lou Anna Simon submitted her resignation as MSU president on Wednesday night, immediately after Nassar, who worked for MSU and USA Gymnastics, the sport's national governing body, was sentenced to 45-175 years in prison for molesting some of the sport's top athletes and others under the guise of medical treatment. Klages is accused of downplaying complaints made by two teenagers in 1997.

Accusations against former MSU basketball players Keith Appling, Adreian Payne and Travis Walton are also included in the report. Federal prosecutors have declined to say if they are looking at any other aspects of the case.

"Whatever protocol or policy was in place, whatever frontline staff might normally be involved in response or investigation, it all got kind of swept away and it was handled more by administration [and] athletic department officials", says Allswede to ESPN. "Then the Indianapolis Star article appeared about USAG and one of the victims contacted MSU police to file a complaint".

The network noted that MSU in a deal with the education department "committed to making enhancements to its Title IX staffing and resources, education and training; to revisit prior determine if additional action needed to be taken; and to conduct a series of campus-wide "climate checks" to assess how well the university was making changes". Work began within the HealthTeam and other areas of the university to improve safety.

The Larry Nassar scandal has already cost Michigan State's president her job. On Wednesday, a second trustee, Dianne Byrum, joined a growing chorus of calls for Simon to step down.

In a letter to former Michigan State rower Cate Hannum, Nike says it is following the events at Michigan State and takes the matter seriously. "I've often said that there is one system of justice". "Michigan State keeps saying that 'we didn't know.' Who should I have told?"

Through all of this, coaches were asked to make statements and anything they said other than "we feel bad for the victims and we support them through this trying time" would be wrong.

But, her resignation is far from the final change that will happen in the fallout from Nassar's trial and the bad revelations that came from it.

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