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.
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"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
18.104.22.168, which covers the well-being of student athletes including their
health and safety, but notes that bylaw is a guide and not subject to
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