NCAA Has Ruled On Possible Violations In Michigan State’s Larry Nassar Scandal

first_imgTom Izzo crouching on the Michigan State Spartans sideline.TAMPA, FL – MARCH 17: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans looks on from the sideline against the UCLA Bruins during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at St. Pete Times Forum on March 17, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)The Larry Nassar scandal caused major upheavals at Michigan State, including the resignation of president Lou Anna K. Simon and the retirement of athletic director Mark Hollis.Nassar, a former doctor for both USA Gymnastics and Michigan State, was convicted of sexually abusing over 100 women earlier this year. He was sentenced to a maximum of 175 years in prison.Two days after the sentencing, ESPN’s Outside The Lines published a bombshell report, citing a “pattern of denial” within Michigan State athletics. It featured allegations that roped in both head football coach Mark Dantonio and men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo, both among the top coaches in their sports.In the report, former Michigan State sexual assault counselor Lauren Allswede said there was a serious lack of transparency in its handling of accusations against football players. Per the report, 16 MSU football players had been accused of sexual assault since 2007.The report also surfaced previous rape allegations made against former Michigan State basketball stars Keith Appling and Adreian Payne.A day after the ESPN piece, The Athletic reported that NCAA president Mark Emmert was made aware of 37 different accusations against Michigan State athletes.Hollis, who retired the day that the ESPN report dropped, said that it featured inaccuracies weeks later.The NCAA has investigated Michigan State’s programs in lieu of the Larry Nassar scandal, and it has cleared the school.BREAKING: Michigan State University says NCAA has cleared it of any rules violations in the Larry Nassar sexual-assault scandal.— The Associated Press (@AP) August 30, 2018From the school’s release, via Lansing State Journal‘s Graham Couch:“Michigan State athletics has received notification from Jonathan F. Duncan, Vice President of Enforcement for the NCAA indicating that ‘it does not appear there is need for further inquiry.’ Duncan, in a letter to MSU Athletic Director Bill Beekman, states that the NCAA review ‘…..has not substantiated violations of NCAA legislation.’On Jan. 23, 2018, the NCAA contacted Michigan State requesting the institution’s response to the sexual assaults committed by former university physician Larry Nassar and its position on whether any violations of NCAA legislation occurred.In a March 23, 2018 response, MSU shared its position that violations of NCAA legislation did not occur.The NCAA also conducted a second and additional review stemming from reporting by an ESPN program ‘Outside the Lines’ related to the way the institution handled allegations of student conduct involving student-athletes in Michigan State’s football and men’s basketball programs. Again, the Duncan letter states the NCAA review ‘…….has not substantiated violations of NCAA legislation.’The NCAA letter closes with this statement which is much appreciated by the MSU Athletic Department: ‘The enforcement staff appreciates the institution’s cooperation and its responsiveness to both inquiries.’”The release was made just a day before Michigan State football begins its season.last_img

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