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Michigan State Sports Officials in the Spotlight Following Nassar Sentencing

29 January 2018, 09:08 | Colleen Roy

Report: Michigan State University Covered Up Numerous Sexual Misconduct Cases, Including The Nassar Scandal

Michigan State athletic director steps down in wake of Nassar sex abuse scandal

Michigan State players said Izzo acknowledged the reports prior to Friday's game but asked his players to stay focused on basketball.

Izzo and Spartans football coach Mark Dantonio both said Friday night that they have no plans to step away from their positions after an ESPN report described a pervasive culture of sexual assault on campus and within their two programs.

Dantonio said accusations of he and his program mishandling sexual assault allegations, including dealing with one complaint by having the player in question speak with his mother, are "completely false". "I'm definitely not retiring". Dantonio also shot down rumors that he was planning to resign.

Schuette said veteran prosecutor William Forsyth will direct his office's independent investigation of the school's relationship with Nassar, the 54-year-old ex-doctor who worked as an osteopathic physician for USA Gymnastics and was a faculty member at Michigan State.

But this story is not close to over, as the tentacles of deceit that stem from Nassar pull high-ranking officials at Michigan State and USA Gymnastics down with him; and as a sport, left reeling from this madness tries to pick up the pieces. "We will put a bright light at every corner of the university".

"The governor hasn't seen enough done for the survivors after everything they've gone through", spokeswoman Anna Heaton said.

On Thursday, Larry Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison after pleading guilty to criminal sexual conduct in connection with seven minors.

A number of victims said they reported Nassars abuse to the university years ago but alleged they were pressured to keep quiet about it and the university failed to prevent further abuse. Current state statutes make it hard for MI to put anyone else in jail.

Title IX is a federal law that protects people from sexual discrimination in education or other programs receiving federal aid.

An explosive report in The Athletic claims that NCAA president Mark Emmert was informed in 2010 of at least 35 cases of sexual assault committed by Michigan State athletes, but did nothing. It maintains that no official believed allegations against Nassar until they were reported in the media in 2016, CNN said. Any suggestion that it engaged in a coverup is "simply false", a school statement asserted last week. 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.

"If we have learned anything from the Nassar sentencing in Lansing", Schuette said.

"Good to see officials in MI taking steps with an investigation led by special prosecutor".

USA Gymnastics on Friday complied with an ultimatum issued by the U.S. Olympic Committee and said its entire board of directors will resign within the week over its handling of the scandal. That's on top of his previous sentence of 60 years for admitting to possessing child pornography.

Michigan State University will be investigated by a special prosecutor in the wake of Larry Nassar's sentencing, CNN reports. The Free Press investigation found 11 players were accused in the six cases on Dantonio's watch since 2007.

Nassar's victims "need to know that their voices are being heard, being listened to, and being acted upon", the attorney general said.

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