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Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis resigns


Michigan State University Athletic Director Mark Hollis resigned Friday, two days after the school's president stepped down amid a storm of criticism about how it handled the sexual assault scandal that led to the conviction of former school faculty member and USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar.

MSU officials, including president Lou Anna Simon who announced her resignation on the same day Nassar was sentenced, deny any sort of cover-up or prior knowledge of sexual abuse by Nassar.

The more than 6,000-word report based on the investigation, under the headline, "Michigan State secrets extend far beyond Larry Nassar case", was published Friday afternoon and, if accurate, could send more tremors through an embattled and embarrassed university.

USA Gymnastics says it will comply with a U.S. Olympic Committee order that calls for board to resign after the Larry Nassar scandal. Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Jordyn Wieber said they were victims when Nassar was a doctor at USA Gymnastics. There is no evidence Simon was aware Nassar was committing acts of abuse, but some of the more than 150 accusers said their complaints to the school over the years were not addressed. It also required all USAG staff and board members to complete various safety and ethics training courses over the next six months.

Organizer and MSU junior Mackenzie Mrla said the rally was a chance for students to use the recent spotlight on MSU to speak out.

USA Gymnastics and Michigan State did not respond to requests for comment on whether they would resume settlement talks.

In a recent filing, Michigan State asked a judge to dismiss the cases against the university on several technical grounds, not the merits of the allegations.

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.




Hollis has been with Michigan State since 1995 and has been their athletic director since 2008.

"Valid and critical questions", said Lorenzo Santavicca, MSU student body president.

State Sen. Margaret O'Brien said college coaches should be added to Michigan's list of mandatory reporters, which includes therapists and medical professionals. She said in a statement that what happened at the school is "abhorrent" and "cannot happen ever again - there or anywhere". He declined to say why the talks ended but said plaintiffs' lawyers were now preparing to go to trial.

"I mean Kathy blew up", Lemke said of Klages.

Hollis says he's already been interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Michigan State University Police.

"You get messages. I know this is the right time". Michigan's attorney general plans to investigate the school's role in the Nassar case, and it only makes sense that the attorney general and the USA government's Office of Civil Rights also would-and should-want to examine how Michigan State and its athletic department handle these cases in general.

Officials at the school and the athletic department acted like people with something to hide, probably because some of them were hiding something.

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