Michigan State AD Mark Hollis announces resignation

Michigan State AD Mark Hollis announces resignation

Searing victim testimony during former American gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar's sentencing hearing has ratched up pressure on the sport's USA 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.

"Since my first day on the job as athletic director, my focus has always been on the student-athlete". However, things turned dark in a hurry when Nassar was found guilty of sexually abusing more than 150 girls and young women - some incidents which occurred at Michigan State.

Michigan State gymnastics team student coach Lindsey Lemke, who gave a victim's impact statement during Nassar's sentencing on seven charges, told the crowd she was inspired by their numbers.

Also new this morning, the US Olympic Committee announcing it is giving every member of USA Gymnastics until next Wednesday to resign or the organization will be decertified. More than 150 women and girls, including numerous athletes and Olympic gymnasts, have accused the former US gymnastics team doctor of abuse.

Many shoes have dropped since the trail of Nassar wrapped up and his sentence to spending the rest of his life and forever more beyond that in prison concluded.

Three top members of the board of directors resigned earlier this month after calls from angry gymnasts who say the organization did nothing to protect them after they were abused by Nassar. USAG said it "embraces the requirements". He said he spoke with staff and family before deciding he should go. The report discovered a "pattern of widespread denial, inaction and information suppression" of sexual assault allegations.

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The U.S. education secretary said her agency is investigating the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal and will hold MSU accountable for any violations of federal law.

Hollis oversaw the athletic department for over a decade, officially taking on the role of AD on January 1, 2008 after more than a decade working within the department in various roles.

"You deserve to be heard", she said. And in 2003, before he was athletic director, he helped organize a nationally broadcast game between Kentucky and Michigan State at Ford Field. "Then you're essentially saying gymnastics and little girls aren't as important".

"I've never seen anything like it", said Eric MacLeish, a Cambridge, Massachusetts lawyer who represented hundreds of sexual abuse victims in cases against the Catholic church involving pedophile priests. "You guys inspire me!", Lemke wrote, though it was unclear when in the past few days the photo was taken. Klages retired in February and has denied any wrongdoing.

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

Peter Henning, a law professor at Wayne State University in Michigan, said sovereign immunity protections are substantial and could lead a judge to dismiss numerous claims against Michigan State.

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