Michigan State: NCAA Finds No Violations in Nassar Scandal

Tom Izzo crouching on the Michigan State Spartans sideline

Tom Izzo crouching on the Michigan State Spartans sideline

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.

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'".

MSU's current athletic director, Bill Beekman, said the rules of the NCAA and state law don't always overlap. She was the women's gymnastics coach and worked with Nassar, who treated athletes at the university and at USA Gymnastics events and trainings. In January he was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to seven counts of sexual assault of minors.

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.

The NCAA punished Penn State football for the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-abuse scandal, but those sanctions were challenged in court and rolled back.

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.

When the NCAA cracks down on a school for, say, a recruiting violation, that infraction can lead to an unfair advantage on the field.

"I mean, it's terrible, and it's a crime, clearly - he's going to be in prison the rest of his life", Potuto said. "But that doesn't mean there's an NCAA violation there".

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Michigan State University announced Thursday that the NCAA has cleared its athletic department of any violations in connection with its handling of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. But former athletes say various campus staff downplayed or disregarded their complaints about him. The university in May reached a $500 million settlement with hundreds of women and girls who said they were assaulted by Nassar. She had turned herself in to Lansing police on Thursday.

"I'm deeply disappointed at the NCAA's ruling", she said in a text message.

"Perhaps the NCAA needs to revisit their own legislation".

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has cleared Michigan State University of any violations stemming from how it has handled sexual assault allegations - including those against disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar, who was sentenced to at least 40 years in prison for sexually assaulting his patients.

A concurrent, separate investigation held by the NCAA was tied to MSU's men's basketball and football programs, both of which were put on public trial after an ESPN report in January depicted potential oversight or negligence in how those respective programs handled matters of alleged sexual misconduct.

Klages retired from MSU previous year.

Beekman said the NCAA's findings provided "external validation" of how football coach Mark Dantonio and basketball coach Tom Izzo run their programs.

In an interview, Beekman said the lack of violations was not surprising and, "that really doesn't, from my perspective, change our obligation relative to the health and safety and wellness of our student athletes".

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