Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis announces retirement

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Dr. Larry Nassar will go down as one of the most evil actors in modern American sports history, and Michigan State will go down as one of the saddest administrations in collegiate athletics history because of his actions on campus and the failure to report sexual assault that was happening right under their noses.

Hollis' departure, which will take effect at month's end Wednesday, follows that of MSU President Lou Anna Simon, with calls continuing for the outster of the entire school board of trustees due to the matter.

Hollis, who was been the school's athletic director since 2008, will officially step down on Wednesday.

"I'm honored to serve, for a short period of time, as the acting president of MSU", Beekman said. I have always been a Spartan, and always will be. I want to be clear I wasn't asked to retire. I urge those who have supported my work to understand that I can not make it about me now. USA Gymnastics quietly fired Nassar but did not notify MSU that he was under investigation and it never clarified his public explanation that he was retiring from his role as team physician.

Through all of this, coaches were asked to make statements and anything they said other than "we feel awful for the victims and we support them through this trying time" would be wrong.

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In a brief news conference Friday night at the school's Breslin Center, Dantonio said he will not resign and reiterated he hadn't ever handled sexual assault situations. Hollis said that he made a statement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and to Michigan State police, but that he did not know about Nassar until an article in the Indy Star in 2016.

Hollis graduated from the university in 1985.

Hannum, who was treated by disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar, reached out to Nike about the apparel company's partnership with Michigan State.

In a statement announcing he was leaving the university, Hollis said his heartbroken "thinking about the incomprehensible pain all of them and their families have experienced".

Hollis, who had been in the job for 10 years, disclosed the move during a meeting with a small group of reporters on campus. But to do so, we must listen and learn lessons. He insisted he did not know about complaints of abuse until an Indianapolis Star report in 2016. They are at the core of our athletic department mission statement. It's impacted the last three days here in East Lansing.

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I spoke to my administrative staff, coaches, student-athletes, and most importantly, my wife Nancy and my children, over the course of the past week.

"This case is unique", Delany said in 2012, "in the sense that I think it involved people with senior executive and management responsibilities".

- Chris Solari (@chrissolari) January 26, 2018Hollis says "you should not jump to any conclusions" based on his decision.

"I don't want anyone to perceive that I'm walking away", Hollis said. Comfort, compassion and understanding for the survivors and our community; togetherness, time and love for my family.

Trustees planned to discuss the presidential transition, as the university prepares for new investigations by the state attorney general, state lawmakers and the NCAA while facing lawsuits filed by more than 130 women and girls.

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