MSU trustees meet after AD Mark Hollis steps down

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27 January, 2018

He has been the Spartans' athletic director since 2008 and was chairman of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee last season.

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Kylee Kunse, a freshman who plans to major in animal science, said she came to the rally because she thought that leadership at the East Lansing school needed to change.

Mark Hollis announces his retirement as Michigan State athletic director.

Hours later, the university named its vice president to serve as acting president after the departure of President Lou Anna Simon.

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.

"To the survivors of sexual abuse at MSU...we stand with you in saying that the time is now for us to collectively change and improve the overall culture and safety and security for everyone at Michigan State University", Student Body President Lorenzo Santavicca said in a statement.

"Michigan State University will cooperate with any investigation".

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Michigan State University has also been accused of covering up the years of sexual abuse while Nassar worked there.

The board expressed support for Simon before her resignation, but she faced pressure from many students, faculty and legislators. "This was not an easy decision", Hollis said Friday morning.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said Friday on Twitter that his office is actively investigating MSU over the scandal. "Never again can this happen", Dianne Byrum said.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Olympic Committee is demanding all USA Gymnastics board members resign over the scandal. MSU campus police and Title IX investigations began.

The protest, titled "March for Survivors and Change at MSU", will be held on Friday.

According to Hollis' contract, the former MSU Athletic Director is still eligible to receive two complimentary stadium tower passes for the football season, upon its expiration. "I said, 'You know, Kathie, he did it to Lindsey, too, ' and she was like, 'Oh, no. Lindsey, you know, was Larry's favorite.' And I'm like, 'Yup, I know.' And, I go, 'But, you know, we're really upset about this, and I think we need to speak to the authorities tomorrow.' And she said, 'This is a legal medical procedure, Christy.' So she knew that this had been going on".

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