'Not Running Away:' MSU Athletic Director Retires; Trustee Is Interim President

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27 January, 2018

Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis tearfully announced his retirement Friday, the second university official to step down in as many days amid sharp criticism over the school's handling of sexual abuse allegations against disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar. He was sentenced this week to 40 to 175 years in prison for molesting women and girls under the guise of medical treatment.

Originally, it was meant to call for the resignation of President Simon over her handling of the Larry Nassar sexual assault investigation.

State Sen. Margaret O'Brien said college coaches should be added to Michigan's list of mandatory reporters, which includes therapists and medical professionals.

"As tragedies are politicized, blame is inevitable", Simon wrote in her resignation letter. "As president, it is only natural that I am the focus of this anger". Throughout my career, I have consistently and persistently spoken and worked on behalf of Team MSU. This is a choice that my wife and I made. "Therefore, I am tendering my resignation as president according to the terms of my employment agreement".

Michigan State's governing board was meeting later Friday, its first since Simon and Hollis stepped down. "That's why it's there", she said. The Nassar case and the ESPN report suggest systemic issues with the way the school and athletic department handled these situations. That being said, today I am announcing my retirement.

"This was not an easy decision for my family, and you should not jump to any conclusions based on our decision - listen to facts".

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"I don't want anyone to perceive that I'm walking away", he said. Our campus and beyond has been attacked by evil, an individual who broke trust and so much more.

"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. "MSU needs to be better than this and we will be", he promised. "And clearly at Michigan State that hasn't been the priority for the past 20 years". There's no other way to describe it.

John Manly, an attorney who represents more than 100 victims in lawsuits, said, USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee "miserably failed children." was a team doctor at USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. Hollis held a news conference minutes later to confirm he is retiring. He also said he was not pressured to retire.

In a statement announcing he was leaving the university, Hollis said his heartbroken "thinking about the incomprehensible pain all of them and their families have experienced".

The university has been under the department's oversight since 2014, stemming from two incidents of mishandled sexual assaults. Nothing happened other than those players being dismissed, and rightfully so. Klages retired in February and has denied any wrongdoing. That's as damning a statement as you can make for any athletic director and by any measure, an ultimate failure of anyone in an authority position. Only then can we truly begin the process of healing.

In an August 2015 agreement between the school and the Office for Civil Rights following the investigation, MSU was mandated to provide the office with documentation of all prior complaints of sexual assault and harassment by January 2016.


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