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Michigan State athletic director announces retirement

Michigan State athletic director announces retirement”

Searing victim testimony during former American gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar's sentencing hearing has ratched up pressure on the sport's US governing body and Michigan State University to settle civil lawsuits by girls and women seeking to hold them responsible for his years of sexual abuse, legal experts said.

University President Lou Anna Simon submitted her resignation late Wednesday, just after Nassar's sentencing.

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

In the meantime, the United States Olympic Committee is urging the entire USA Gymnastics board of directors to resign, following Nassar's sentencing.

Many people from within the university told Hollis he should "not do this", but insisted it was the appropriate response for the survivors of Nassar's abuse.

Michigan State's governing board was meeting later Friday, its first since Simon and Hollis stepped down. USAG said it "embraces the requirements".

Kyle Stephens, who was a family friend, said he molested her for years at his Lansing-area home.

A Title IX probe conducted by the university cleared Nassar of sexual assault allegations in 2014.

Michigan State had long resisted pleas for an independent investigation, but last week asked state Attorney General Bill Schuette to review the scandal.

Jennifer Paine, a MI lawyer who specializes in child protection law and is not involved in the Nassar case, said there are probably grounds for charging some staff members for failing to report what victims were saying.

Hollis, who was been the school's athletic director since 2008, will officially step down on Wednesday.

"We'll look at the report", Beekman said.

Hollis, along with men's basketball coach Tom Izzo and women's basketball coach Suzy Merchant received contract extensions from the university's Board of Trustees in June 2017. "That being said, today I am announcing my retirement", Hollis said in the statement.

"[She] said, 'You need to start working harder or else your scholarship is going to be in jeopardy", Lemke said.

Michigan State, USA Gymnastics, and the gymnastics group's parent organization, the US Olympic Committee, have denied wrongdoing. "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".

"What will be determined is if these administrators were simply more interested in protecting their brand or protecting the student-athletes and what, in fact, was done", Gurney said.

At Michigan State, at least 14 university representatives, including trainers, assistant coaches and even a detective, knew about Nassar sexually assaulting women on campus and did nothing in the 20 years he worked there.

"Student leaders have been waving their hands in the air over the years since 2011 when the Office of Civil Rights investigated the institution and said you have a challenge in how you handle sexual assault." said Santavicca.

Michigan State gymnastics coach Kathie Klages resigned past year after she was suspended for defending Nassar.

They spoke directly to victims, as fathers, as women, as people who had pledged to care for students at this public university.



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