First, Michigan State University’s president resigned, now the athletic director has decided to retire. Not only will the university not be the same, US Gymnastics will not be the same.
The resignations were a direct result of the Larry Nassar trial and sentencing. Nassar was a sports doctor for the school.
Many top gymnasts have come out about abuse and delivered victim impact statements. Among them, however, were gold medalists Simone Biles and McKayla Maroney.
Mark Hollis, the athletic director, spoke to journalists to announce his decision to resign. He worked for the university for ten years. Hollis said his care for the girls and women abused by Larry Nassar helped him make his decision.
In addition, he said he hopes his choice to retire will help with the victim’s healing.
When asked, Hollis stated he did not believe he ever met Nassar although they worked for the university during some of the same years.
Michigan State University Resignations and Retirements
As expected, the fallout doesn’t stop with the Michigan State University president and athletic director. Two MSU board members announced they would not run again.
Also, all of the USA Gymnastics board of directors will resign. However, the resignations came at the U.S. Olympic Committee’s request.
The Committee also indicated they would de-certify the organization.
The U.S. Department of Education confirmed that it would be investigating. Betsy DeVos the U. S. Education Secretary expressed concern and stated that the things that happened with Larry Nassar could not happen again.
University board Chairman Brian Breslin felt the need to resume talks with Nassar victims who have filed suit against the school. He hopes they can come to a fair and just conclusion. Although negotiations began last year, they broke down.
Joel Ferguson, another Michigan State University board member, stated during an interview that there was more going on at the university than the ‘Nassar thing.’ He has since apologized for those remarks.
Be that as it may, the US gymnastics will never be the same and there are many that are making sure of that.