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27 January 2018, 07:14 | Nina Perez

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When Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis announced his retirement Friday, he said this in a statement: "This was not an easy decision for my family, and you should not jump to any conclusions based on our decision-listen to facts".

Administrators at Michigan State University allegedly did not notify federal investigators who were on campus investigating how the university handled reported sexual assaults about police and Title IX investigations underway targeting former university doctor Larry Nassar.

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.

Hollis said he didn't feel pressured to step down as AD, but talking with family and coworkers led him to the decision. Hollis also said he hoped his resignation "has a little bit, a little bit, of helping that healing process".

A MI judge sentenced Nassar on Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct in Ingham County and admitted to using his trusted medical position to assault and molest girls under the guise of medical treatment.

USA Gymnastics also announced that is entire board of directors will resign as requested by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

During this extremely hard and challenging time for our community, I would first like to express our deepest sympathies, and my deepest sympathies to the courageous survivors of Larry Nassar's abuse. Many victims have accused USA Gymnastics of ignoring or concealing their complaints in an effort to avoid negative publicity. A handful of board members had stepped down, but the USOC said a wholesale change was needed. Board member Joel Ferguson apologized this week for saying previously that some victims were ambulance chasers seeking a payday.

Michigan State University has named its vice president to serve as acting president in the wake of Lou Ann Simon's resignation over the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.

In a Twitter post Friday, university trustee Mitch Lyons expressed regret that the school had failed to respond appropriately.

Even more damning is that Hollis was wholly unaware of any previous claims made by student-athletes or anyone else until the final claim that broke everything open in 2016. The school's president and athletic director have resigned.

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. But the university last week asked Michigan's attorney general to conduct a review.

"The Penn State crisis - and this has a good deal of similarities - was the biggest sports story in 2012", said Gerald Gurney, an assistant professor of Adult and Higher Education at the University of Oklahoma.

The USOC has also demanded much tighter reporting from USA Gymnastics on reforms it is making.

While all of these changes are swift and precise, will they actually change anything in the athletic community? When she told the then MSU head gymnastics coach, Kathie Klages, she was told it was just a misunderstanding.

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