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Michigan State Athletic Director Mark Hollis to Retire
MSU Athletic Director Resigns Amid Larry Nassar Fallout

29 January, 2018

Michigan State University's top two coaches said they have no plans to quit their jobs despite a damning ESPN "Outside the Lines" report that claimed the school mishandled complaints of sexual abuse and violence against women involving its athletic department.

The investigation will be led by retired Kent County prosecutor William Forsyth, assisted by the Michigan State Police director, Col. Kriste Etue, who said she will help determine whether crimes were committed.

"The breadth and ripple of this defendant's abuse and destruction is almost infinite", Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis said in her remarks before the sentencing.

He also said the result of his office's investigation will be a report that will be transparent and made available to the public.

The OTL report that came out on Friday paints the entire Michigan State athletic department in a very dark light. On Wednesday, school president Lou Anna Simon resigned.

Nassar, a former doctor for Michigan State and Team USA gymnastics, was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison on seven counts of criminal sexual conduct, a first-degree felony.

Forsyth said the investigation intends to answers those and other questions.

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The women - nearly all of whom initially met Nassar for a sports-related injury - said that, because of the abuse, they struggled with anxiety, depression and instances of self-harm.

"Michigan State University is a great institution, and its greatest strengths are the people that call themselves Spartans. I am running toward something", Hollis told reporters Friday morning.

In fact, Michigan State gymnastics coach Kathie Klages humiliated Larissa Boyce and even threatened her with "serious consequences" if she were to file a complaint that Boyce had against Nassar from when he assaulted her. Boyce is among the first known gymnasts to accuse Nassar of sexual assault.

USA Gymnastics also confirmed that its entire board of directors would resign as requested by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Schuette said in a news conference Saturday that he would ask the school's board of trustees to have attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who has been overseeing an internal review of the school's conduct, to turn over all information he has gathered in his work. Olympic champion Simone Biles came forward as Nassar victim on January 15 and wondered why she had to continue to train at the Karolyi Ranch in Texas, a place where she said Nassar abused her earlier in her career. "When we're done we can't promise that everyone will like what we find, but we can promise we will do it right", he said. Beekman will serve in an interim role until the board of trustees can hire an interim president and then a permanent leader. "It's that too many voices of too many victims have been unheard for too long".

Gov. Rick Snyder is considering a separate inquiry into the university, depending on whether it would interfere with other investigations.

But the women also showed remarkable resolve and bravery, staring down Nassar in court and calling out the systems of power that protected him for more than two decades. U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is also investigating the scandal.

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