Michigan State Athletic Director Mark Hollis resigning amidst Larry Nassar scandal

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The hits just keep on coming for Michigan State University. After all the disgusting news came out regarding Larry Nassar, after Tom Izzo took some heat for the wording of his comments regarding the Nassar ordeal, after MSU’s president Lou Anna K. Simon stepped down, it is still not enough. Maybe this will be.

Michigan State’s longtime Athletic Director is falling on the sword.

Hollis, who has been highly regarded during his tenure at Michigan State, is a Spartan through and through. He graduated from MSU in 1985, was a part of the athletic department since 1995, and was the athletic director since 2008. The amount of positive publicity he brought to East Lansing should not go unmentioned.

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From the Cold War (Michigan vs. Michigan State outdoor hockey), to the BasketBowl (Michigan State vs. Kentucky basketball at Ford Field), to the Carrier Classic (Michigan State vs. North Carolina basketball on the USS Carl Vinson), to his latest one, one he will not witness as A.D., a four-team college basketball event including MSU, North Carolina, Texas and Florida playing three games in three different cities (New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles). Hollis has put his stamp on Spartan athletics. And apparently, he was on a short list of names for the big job in the Big Ten.

Yes, all of that is gone now. Larry Nassar abused his power as a doctor, Michigan State did not do enough to stop Nassar, in fact, many would say they enabled him. And while none of us know for sure who knew and how much they knew, this amount of heat on any university, let alone one of the most popular in the country, is too much for the leaders to keep their jobs.

With at least a dozen former Spartan athletes — from gymnastics, to volleyball, to rowing, to softball and the track and field programs — among the women who gave victim-impact statements regarding Nassar, in this writers opinion, Hollis knew this was coming. Below are Chris Solari tweets with Mark Hollis’ words regarding his resigning: