Mark Hollis resigns as Michigan State athletic director

Michigan State gymnastics team student coach Lindsey Lemke, who gave a victim's impact statement during Nassar's sentencing on seven charges, told the crowd she was inspired by their numbers. "So yes this institution has had a systemic issue in handling sexual assault and it ends now". Police estimate 400 to 500 people participated.

Kyle Stephens, who was a family friend, said he molested her for years at his Lansing-area home.

"We are here to take back our university", said Derhammer.

"We cannot change the past, but we can and will devote our time and resources to foster healing and to move forward together", Brian Breslin wrote while announcing the board had chose to hire an independent investigator to produce recommendations for improving life at MSU. The Board of Trustees decided Friday that Bill Beekman, the board's secretary and a university vice president, will temporarily take Simon's place while a search is conducted for an interim president. MSU athletic faculty representative Sue Carter announced earlier Wednesday.

Members of the gymnastics team were given explicit instructions not to speak to the media, she said, and Klages later asked them to sign a card as a show of support for Nassar. "Now is a time to say that no more do sexual assaults or sexual abuse have a place on our campus or any campus in our nation". He also said he doesn't believe he ever met Nassar. "It's too late. You can't fix it now". Some gymnasts said assaulted them there.

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Speakers and chants throughout the night expressed a deep anger and frustration toward MSU.

The trustees said previous statements and reactions from board members and recently ousted president Lou Anna Simon have been callous and tone-deaf and have lacked accountability.

Hollis: "I've always been a Spartan, and I always will be".

"I just am kind of wondering if we're even close to finding out everything and who knew what and I do think that is gonna be problematic for Mark", said B. David Ridpath, Associate Professor of Sports Administration at Ohio University.

Officials at the school and the athletic department acted like people with something to hide, probably because some of them were hiding something.

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The NCAA sent a letter to Michigan State this week asking for any potential rules violations related to Nassar, the first indication an investigation by the governing body might be next.

"This is about changing the culture at Michigan State University that allowed a predator to exist among us". "And it's because all of us had the courage to listen and the ability to say that we're going to make a change on this campus".

Michigan State University athletic director Mark Hollis stepped down from his post Friday. More than a dozen women filed lawsuits alleging the school or mishandled or ignored their rape claims against football players and other students for years.

And one of the protest organizers says the problem didn't start or stop with Simon's resignation. "We see this as the starting point".

Meanwhile, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Friday he is mulling an inquiry into the university, depending on whether it would interfere with other investigations, such as the attorney general's.

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