Michigan State University’s athletic director retired Friday, two days after the university president resigned over the school’s handling of sexual abuse allegations against its disgraced former sports doctor, Larry Nassar.
Mark Hollis, who had been in the job for 10 years, disclosed the move during a meeting with a small group of reporters on campus. He was asked why he would not stay on.
“Because I care,” Hollis said, fighting back tears. “When you look at the scope of everything, that’s the reason I made a choice to retire now. And I hope that has a little bit, a little bit, of helping that healing process.”
Hours later, the university named its vice president to serve as acting president after the departure of President Lou Anna Simon. Bill Beekman is expected to serve briefly in the role until the board of trustees can hire an interim president and then a permanent leader.
Also Friday, USA Gymnastics confirmed that its entire board of directors would resign as requested by the U.S. Olympic Committee. The USOC had threatened to decertify the organization, which besides picking U.S. national teams is the umbrella organization for hundreds of clubs across the country.
Some of the nation’s top gymnasts, including Olympians Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Simone Biles and Jordyn Wieber, said they were among Nassar’s victims.
Nassar, a former Michigan State employee, was sentenced Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison for molesting young girls and women under the guise of medical treatment.
Kansas State: Coach Bill Snyder has promoted Andre Coleman to offensive coordinator and made Charlie Dickey and Collin Klein co-coordinators in a revamped staff structure.
Coleman played wide receiver for Snyder in the early 1990s and has tutored the Wildcats’ receivers the past five years. He takes over for Dana Dimel, who left to become head coach at UTEP.
Dickey, the Wildcats’ offensive line coach, will coordinate the running game. Klein, a former Heisman Trophy finalist, will handle the passing game and be quarterbacks coach.
In a statement, Snyder sounded unconcerned that he has essentially three coordinators, pointing out their long histories with the program and “how well these three have worked together.”