Nassar was MSU’s sports doctor during Hollis’ tenure.
In one case, an independent investigator hired by Michigan State to investigate a sexual assault complaint told ESPN that he was ordered not to generate a written report upon the completion of his investigation.
Emmert made the comments in an email sent Saturday to the NCAA Board of Governors.
All this amid the verdicts against former Michigan State and United States Olympic gymnastics Dr. Larry Nassar. (That, by the way, came after a prolonged battle between ESPN and the University over the nature of documents produced pursuant to public records requests).
A few months ago, the triumvirate of Hollis, football coach Mark Dantonio and men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo seemed like one of the safest, most stable groups in college sports.
The NCAA sent a letter of inquiry to MSU on Tuesday, announcing an investigation into MSU’s handling of the Nassar allegations, and Hollis said in a statement Wednesday that MSU would “cooperate with any investigation”.
John Barr and Dan Murphy of ESPN The Magazine spoke with several former MSU student-athletes who said they reported Nassar’s actions to the school faculty in the 1990s. More than 150 gymnasts said in court they were abused by Nassar over the span of two decades.
Michigan State Police Director Col. Kriste Etue was also at the media conference and said Michigan State Police will comply with the criminal side of the investigation and provide Schuette’s team with anything they need. Allswede says the attorney told her how Dantonio, the football coach, had dealt with a sexual assault accusation against one of his players: He had the player talk to his mother about what he had done. Spartans athletic director Mark Hollis has stepped down as well.
MSU has indeed fallen short of their goal and it has led to the resignations of Hollis and Lou Anna Simon, the school’s president.
“We are committed to taking the right actions to create a culture that provides a safe environment for all members of our community, and the transition to new leadership will be a key component in helping us change course”.
On Monday morning, the president of basketball operations called for the firing of anyone at Michigan State who had previous knowledge of sexual misconduct incidents on campus but failed to act.
This crime and the testimonies surrounding it not only devastated those at Michigan State, but also its alumni, including Green.
The patient, Amanda Thomashow, received an abbreviated version of the 2014 report, which found that Nassar’s conduct wasn’t sexual in nature and therefore didn’t violate the school’s sexual harassment policy.
In addition, a pair of charges related to violence against women involving former assistant coach Travis Walton surfaced.