MSU Special Coverage

This section is dedicated to comprehensive coverage of the case against Larry Nassar and the resignation of Michigan State University president Lou Anna K. Simon.

On January 24, 2018, Simon announced she would step down in the wake of a scandal involving Nassar, who worked at MSU as a medical doctor. Earlier in the day, Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for molesting young girls and women under the guise of medical treatment. Many of the victims accused the university of mishandling past complaints about Nassar.

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Today was John Engler’s first day as interim president of Michigan State University, and he issued a campus-wide memo about the numerous investigations now underway related to the Larry Nassar scandal.

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Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Disgraced former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40-125 years in prison in Eaton County on Monday. 

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Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University faculty are moving ahead with a motion to hold a no-confidence vote on the school’s board of trustees in response to the board’s decision to hire former Gov. John Engler as interim president.

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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette created a phone hotline and email page for people who want to submit tips on how Michigan State University handled its investigation of sexual abuse complaints against former campus physician Larry Nassar. 

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The gymnasts danced like no one was watching , a joyous circle of pink-clad young women celebrating a meet with their teammates. In truth, all eyes seem to be on Michigan State in these troubled days.

On this edition of Current State, we take a closer look at the interim President of Michigan State University and why so many people are protesting him. Plus, Rep. Mike Bishop talks about where investigations into MSU could go next. A survivor of Larry Nassar's abuse talks about how she's connected with other survivors since speaking in court and her future. 


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Derrick Turner / Michigan State University

On Feb. 5, former Michigan Governor John Engler officially takes over as the interim president of Michigan State University.  In  accepting the post, Engler vowed to “treat every survivor and every student as I would my own daughter.”

That pledge is on the mind of every parent with a child now attending MSU...and everyone who will send their own daughters – and sons – to campus as an incoming freshman.

 


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Judge Janice Cunningham of Eaton County’s Circuit Court will hear more statements from victims of Larry Nassar on Friday.

On Wednesday, she heard from 29 victims in person, by video, and through written statements read aloud. Some of the women, like Katherine Ebert, had strong words for Michigan State University.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

One of the survivors of Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse has accepted the apology of Meridian Township officials over the handling of her 2004 complaint against the former sports medicine physician. Brianne Randall-Gay pursued a criminal complaint against Nassar with Meridian Township police in 2004, but the department decided not to pursue charges after Nassar convinced them that he had conducted a legitimate medical procedure.


Brianne Randall-Gay
WLNS-TV Lansing (WKAR media partner)

The Meridian Township police department missed an opportunity to pursue criminal charges in 2004 against Larry Nassar and will publicly apologize to the victim who accused the doctor of molesting her during treatment for an abnormal spine, an official said Wednesday.

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Tonight's "Current Sports with Al Martin" 2 Minute Drill brings you postgame coverage from tonight's Michigan State men's basketball win over Penn State. It took a 52 point, comeback effort in the second half to get the dub. However, all of the attention was, yet again, focused on Spartans head coach Tom Izzo and his response to the ESPN "E:60" report, which calls into question the program's integrity.

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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University has a new interim president. On Wednesday, the MSU Board of Trustees named  John Engler to that post.  Engler is a former Republican governor of Michigan who served from 1991 to 2003. 


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Larry Nassar is being sentenced in Eaton County this week for three charges of first degree criminal sexual assault. These charges are part of the universal plea agreement that includes the Ingham County charges.

 

 


 

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Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Former Michigan Gov. John Engler says he won't be political as interim president of Michigan State University, as it deals with scathing criticism over disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar.

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Larry Nassar appeared Wednesday in a Michigan courtroom for the start of his third and final sentencing hearing, and a judge said that 265 people have come forward to say they were abused by the disgraced former gymnastics doctor.

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