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Michigan State University Athletic Director Mark Hollis said Friday he is retiring, just two days after former MSU sports physician Larry Nassar was sentenced to decades in prison for sexually abusing girls and young women in his care.

Michigan State University athletic director Mark Hollis stepped down from his post Friday.

What is equally sickening is the knowledge we all gained at the trail that there were more than one, two or even three opportunities for Nassar's evil to be stopped on the campus of Michigan State no less.

Valid and critical questions about why, knowing for years there were allegations of sexual misconduct against sports doctor Larry Nassar at MSU and elsewhere nothing was done until now.

The trustees said previous statements and reactions from board members and recently ousted president Lou Anna Simon have been callous and tone-deaf and have lacked accountability. "Our position comes from a clear sense that USAG culture needs fundamental rebuilding", said a letter written by the Olympic Committee.

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

On Tuesday, the NCAA announced that they sent a letter of inquiry to Michigan State about potential rules violations that may have occurred surrounding Nassar.

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.


Dantonio also said he would not resign, and was there to "look the people" who instigated the reports "in the eye".

Trustees planned to discuss the presidential transition, as the university prepares for new investigations by the state attorney general, state lawmakers and the NCAA while facing lawsuits filed by more than 130 women and girls. "Never again can this happen", Dianne Byrum said.

"I'm honored to serve, for a short period of time, as the acting president of MSU", Beekman said.

Michigan State, USA Gymnastics, and the gymnastics group's parent organization, the US Olympic Committee, have denied wrongdoing. These changes and resignations of top officials are signs that the athletic community is on the right track, but this sexual assault case goes so much deeper than the top officials. "Had she ever received any information to cast doubt on the appropriateness of that trust in Dr. Nassar, she would have reacted immediately to protect her gymnasts". "We have failed you".

This "don't ask, don't tell" mentality is prevalent in all sexual abuse cases, as many saw with the Harvey Weinstein abuse scandal, and it is used to silence women and the people they confide in.

"There is a new day at Michigan State University", he said. Hollis said that he made a statement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and to Michigan State police, but that he did not know about Nassar until an article in the Indy Star in 2016.

"All those legal arguments may be extraordinarily valid, but you don't want to give the impression that you got out on a simple legal technicality", Bitar said.

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