Michigan State AD Resigns As NCAA Launches Probe Into Larry Nassar Scandal
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State University athletic director Mark Hollis is retiring.
Hollis is stepping down after 10 years at the helm of Spartan athletics, according to the Big Ten Network. His resignation comes as the NCAA is opening an investigation into the Larry Nassar scandal.
Nassar was a doctor at Michigan State while he served as team doctor for USA Gymnastics. During that time, he sexually assaulted hundreds of young women and girls in his care, some of which were Olympic medalists such as Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglus, and McKayla Maroney.
Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison on seven counts of sexual assualt this week. This on top of 60 years he is already serving for child porn.
"Because I care. When you look at the scope of everything, that's the reason I made a choice to retire now," Hollis said in a tearful press conference Friday. "I hope that has a little bit, a little bit, of helping that healing process."
Hollis' resignation comes after Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon stepped down this week as well. Simon is a graduate of Indiana State University.
In the meantime, the United States Olympic Committee is urging the entire USA Gymnastics board of directors to resign, following Nassar's sentencing. In a letter sent to the board, USOC CEO Scott Blackum is giving the board until the end of the week or face decertification.
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