Former Michigan State football employee brings lawsuit
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former Michigan State football employee Curtis Blackwell has filed a lawsuit claiming his employment agreement was violated when he was disciplined while the school addressed sexual assault allegations against three players in 2017.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State athletic director Bill Beekman's contract with the school runs through July 2023 and pays him a base salary of $750,000 a year.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University's Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to appoint interim Athletic Director Bill Beekman to his job on a permanent basis.
Tuesday's vote came at a special meeting to consider Beekman for the job he's held on an interim basis since early February. It came a day after the school introduced him as the pick for the post.
Board members and Michigan State Interim President John Engler say Beekman is the best person for the job.
Michigan State is set to hire Bill Beekman as athletic director, a person with knowledge of the decision said Saturday. Beekman has been the interim head of the troubled athletic department since early February.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Audits show Michigan State University's former athletic director Mark Hollis and former President Lou Anna Simon were repeatedly warned that sports staff members weren't adequately following the school's financial procedures.
East Lansing — Michigan State has filed its response to the NCAA regarding any potential violations surrounding the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal.
East Lansing — Former Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis believes an ESPN report questioning how the MSU athletic department handled cases of sexual assault was "inaccurate, incomplete and misleading," according an email he sent to athletic department staff.
Hollis, who announced his retirement on Jan. 26 in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal, sent an email to athletic department staff on Tuesday, thanking them for their efforts.
East Lansing — Michigan State's interim athletic director is turning down interview requests, but Bill Beekman did write an open letter to the Michigan State community.
Appointed by interim president John Engler on Monday, Beekman takes over the MSU athletics program after the retirement of Mark Hollis, who spent his last day in office last Wednesday. His departure came two days after university president Lou Anna K. Simon resigned in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal.
Interim President John Engler on Monday asked all Michigan State University employees to cooperate with any investigations and preserve documents related to the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal.
In his first official day on the job, the Republican former governor penned a letter to university staff, faculty and other employees, calling it a "privilege" to be back on campus but acknowledging that the Nassar scandal has produced "likely the most difficult times ever faced by MSU."
East Lansing — It didn't take John Engler long to make his first personnel move as Michigan State's interim president.
On Monday, the former governor named Bill Beekman Michigan State's interim athletic director, taking over for Mark Hollis, who announced his retirement on Jan. 26 and spent his last day in office on Jan. 31.
MSU official: Ex.-Gov. Engler to be named interim president
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former Gov. John Engler will be named the interim president of Michigan State University amid the fallout over sexual assaults committed by former sports doctor Larry Nassar, a high-ranking school official involved in the board of trustees' plan said Tuesday.
The official told The Associated Press that the board will vote to hire Engler on Wednesday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not been publicly announced.
Lansing – The Michigan State University Board of Trustees has picked former Gov. John Engler to serve as interim president, according to a source with direct knowledge of the hire.
Michigan AG seeks university emails, texts in Nassar review
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State Attorney General Bill Schuette is asking Michigan State University for emails and text messages related to Larry Nassar, an initial salvo in his investigation into how the college handled complaints against the longtime campus sports doctor who was sentenced to decades in prison last week for sexually assaulting female athletes.
Legendary basketball star Earvin "Magic" Johnson on Monday joined a growing chorus of voices calling for the dismissal of Michigan State University officials who knew anything about the decades-long scandal when Larry Nassar assaulted scores of women.
No. 6 Michigan St beats Wisconsin 76-61 on day AD retires
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Miles Bridges looked comfortable, effortlessly making jump shots toward the end of a tumultuous day at Michigan State.
Bridges scored 24 points and the sixth-ranked Spartans beat the Wisconsin Badgers 76-61 on Friday night, less than 12 hours after athletic director Mark Hollis announced his retirement amid the outcry over how the school handled allegations against Larry Nassar.
When word broke Friday morning that Mark Hollis had joined Lou Anna Simon as a job casualty tied to Larry Nassar's evil, any moments of news-bulletin shock gave way to a simple understanding.
Hollis, who for the past 10 years was Michigan State's adroit athletic director, was destined to depart in the same fashion as Simon, which happened when MSU's president resigned Wednesday.
Michigan St athletic director retires over Nassar sex abuse
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — 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.
East Lansing — Michigan State played a basketball game on Friday night, but it was simply a backdrop to one of the more dramatic days on campus in recent memory.
With virtually the entire student section wearing the color teal in support of sexual assault victims, No. 6 Michigan State took care of business on the court, beating Wisconsin, 76-61, at the Breslin Center. It was the third straight victory for the Spartans as they hit the road to take on Maryland on Sunday.
The crisis at Michigan State keeps expanding and twisting, no longer only a horrific sexual-abuse scandal, or only a hunt for justice. For the school and whoever is left to lead, it's a crisis of trust.
The Latest: Nike says it’s following events at Michigan St.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the fallout from the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal at Michigan State University (all times local):
In a letter to former Michigan State rower Cate Hannum, Nike says it is following the events at Michigan State and takes the matter seriously.
East Lansing — Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio called a report Friday stating he handled a sexual assault claim against one of his players individually as "completely false."
Dantonio spoke at the Breslin Center less than 20 minutes before the basketball team was set to face Wisconsin.
East Lansing – Mark Hollis resigned as Michigan State's athletic director on Friday, and during his announcement he reiterated what he has told investigators – he was unaware of any complaints about Dr. Larry Nassar before a September 2016 report in the Indianapolis Star.
AP News Guide: More fallout from ex-sports doctors scandal
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University athletic director Mark Hollis' retirement and the resignation of USA Gymnastics board members Friday are among the latest developments arising from the scandal surrounding former sports doctor Larry Nassar.
Lansing – Gov. Rick Snyder is considering action against Michigan State University leadership over the Larry Nassar scandal, his office said Friday, softening earlier claims he did not have the authority to intervene.
"It's under review," spokeswoman Anna Heaton told The Detroit News.
The administration is reviewing "options under the governor's authority, if any," she said, "as well as whether any action would interfere with the numerous investigations under way."
East Lansing – Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis announced his resignation on Friday, just days after former Michigan State doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced for up to 175 years in prison for sexually assaulting dozens of young women, including some Michigan State student-athletes.
"I've always been a Spartan and I always will be. It's been an absolute honor to guide the athletic department for the last decade," Hollis said. "That being said, today I'm announcing my retirement.
Michigan State AD Mark Hollis may have tenuous hold on job
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Mark Hollis has built a reputation as an innovative athletic director at Michigan State over the past decade.
He is now facing open calls for his ouster in the wake of the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal. His legacy may crumble as part of the fallout .
Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis on Wednesday indicated he and his department would "cooperate fully" with an NCAA investigation, but where the investigation heads is hard to determine.
East Lansing — Sue Carter, Michigan State's faculty athletic representative, resigned on Wednesday.
The news comes a day after the NCAA sent a letter of inquiry to the university saying it was beginning an investigation into how Michigan State handled the case of Larry Nassar, the sports doctor who sexually assaulted dozens of young women, some of those Michigan State student-athletes.
East Lansing — On the eve of Larry Nassar's sentencing, the NCAA announced it intends to investigate the Michigan State athletics department and what role it might have had in the former doctor's assault of more than 100 young women, some of those Michigan State athletes.
The NCAA said it has asked Michigan State University for information on any potential violation of its rules in a letter emailed to the school Tuesday.
This is the latest installment of a weekly series looking at the college-basketball scene in Michigan.
Tom Izzo loves playing Oakland, and Greg Kampe loves playing Michigan State.
But the mutual admiration society might not be enough to save what's become one of the most intriguing basketball series in the state. Michigan State and Oakland have played every year but one since 2005, but scheduling hurdles are threatening to bring that run to an end.
Detroit – On a busier-than-usual Saturday in downtown Detroit, fans flocked to multiple games and shows reviving businesses.
The lineup for Saturday included the Hitachi College Basketball Showcase with Michigan vs. Detroit Mercy and Oakland vs. Michigan State at Little Caesars Arena, just before the Detroit Lions play the Chicago Bears at Ford Field and the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas show at the Fox Theatre.
Portland, Ore. — It's probably fitting that Mark Hollis was the one who first got the idea.
As 16 teams continue to play in the PK80 Invitational this weekend — many among the top college basketball programs in the nation — much of the attention has gone to the teams and Phil Knight, the founder of Nike who is being honored by the event.
Michigan State basketball strength coach charged in crash
MONROE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan State basketball strength and conditioning coach has been charged with reckless driving causing death following a July crash that killed two people.
Monroe County authorities say a pickup truck driven by 37-year-old Todd Moyer struck the rear of a car on U.S. 23 in southeastern Michigan. Thirty-five-year-old Gladys Johnson and her 5-year-old daughter were killed. The Lansing State Journal reports the county prosecutor's office says Moyer was texting while driving.
East Lansing — Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis said the welfare of the student-athletes was the chief priority during a weather delay of more than three hours Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.
Halfway through the first quarter, the game between Michigan State and Penn State was halted because of lightning in the area. Spartan Stadium was evacuated and the game, which kicked off at noon, didn't resume until 4:38 p.m.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — On the day three Michigan State football players were charged with criminal sexual conduct, coach Mark Dantonio and athletic director Mark Hollis held a somber news conference, befitting a program that has a lot of work to do to repair its reputation.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Three Michigan State football players were charged Tuesday with criminal sexual conduct after a woman said she was raped and forced to perform oral sex in the bathroom of an on-campus apartment during a party in January.
Josh King, 19, was charged with first- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct and with distributing an image of an unclothed person. Demetric Vance, 20, and Donnie Corley Jr., 19, face third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NCAA selection committee has started sorting out which teams will appear in the NCAA Tournament field on Selection Sunday. Just don't expect it to simply be an update of the top seeds announced last month.
"We are starting anew, meaning today is a restart of our season-long evaluation of teams," selection committee chairman Mark Hollis said during a Wednesday teleconference. "It's not a refresh of the work we did nearly four weeks ago."
The Latest: MSU gymnastics coach retires amid scandal
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on legal action related to a former Michigan State University sports doctor accused of sexually abusing athletes (all times local):
Michigan State women's gymnastics coach Kathie Klages says she's retiring immediately, a day after the school announced her suspension.
Michigan State AD cancels trip, focuses on job on campus
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — NCAA Tournament selection committee chair Mark Hollis has cancelled a planned trip to focus on his job as Michigan State's athletic director.
Spartans basketball coach Tom Izzo says Hollis was looking forward to traveling through 12 states in a 12-day span later this month to watch college basketball games.