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MSU to NCAA: Nassar Sexually Assaulted 25 Student-Athletes,
but ‘no NCAA Rules Violations’
Lansing State Journal
Published 8:17 p.m. ET May 2, 2018
Updated 12:24 p.m. ET May 3, 2018
Lansing State Journal
EAST LANSING – Larry Nassar sexually assaulted at least 25 MSU student-athletes, but there were no NCAA violations, the university has told the college athletics governing body.
In January, during Nassar’s Ingham County sentencing hearing, the NCAA sent Michigan State University a letter regarding potential rules violations related to Nassar’s crimes.
The university responded on March 22 in a letter from attorney Mike Glazier, of the law firm Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC, to the NCAA’s vice president of enforcement. Glazier listed the current ongoing investigations of the university, including those by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office, U.S. Congress and the U.S. Department of Education.
(Read the letter at the bottom of this story.)
“I trust that you will see that the University is in no way attempting to sidestep the issues facing it, and that if the University had any reason to believe the criminal conduct of Nassar also implicated NCAA rules violations, the University would accept responsibility in that area as well,” Glazier wrote in the letter, which MSU released on Wednesday.
“However, after a thorough and analytic examination of NCAA legislation, and an application of the known facts associated with the Nassar matter to NCAA legislation, the University finds no NCAA rules violations.”
Glazier said Nassar’s criminal conduct was “abhorrent and a violation of every standard of conduct expected of university of employees.”
The letter recapped a meeting and phone calls involving MSU and NCAA officials that refined the issues the university needed to address in its response. It also stated that the university is committed to NCAA Bylaw 126.96.36.199, which covers the well-being of student athletes including their health and safety, but notes that bylaw is a guide and not subject to enforcement.
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