Michigan State legend Magic Johnson calls for firings amid scandal

MSU Police investigated allegations that MSU's then-head women's gymnastics coach Kathie Klages and other athletic staffers told members of the gymnastics team not to talk to police about Nassar

John Engler, participating in a news conference in July 2014 as president of the Business Roundtable, is expected to be named interim president of Michigan State University on January 31, 2018.

The first woman to publicly accuse Nassar of sexual abuse had some harsh words for the decision to appoint Engler as Interim President.

Faculty leaders at Michigan State University are reportedly intending to call for a no-confidence vote in the school's board following the appointment of a former GOP governor as the school's interim president.

Engler was elected Michigan's 46th governor in 1990 and served until 2003.

Nassar was sentenced last week to up to 175 years in prison for assaulting young women, some of those Michigan State students while he was employed by the university.

Nassar pleaded guilty to 10 counts of criminal sexual conduct, but more than 265 women and girls have reported their sexual assaults, often under the guise of medical treatment, to law enforcement. In thanking Engler and former governor James Blanchard, who is also coming aboard in a senior role, trustee Joel Ferguson said the board was taking swift action.

"As tragedies are politicized, blame is inevitable", Simon wrote in her resignation letter. "And being a University President is often about bringing people together rather than just pushing an agenda".

The move to bring in Blanchard was created to get a unanimous vote of support for Engler, empowering him to make house-cleaning moves to change what Democratic Trustee Brian Mosallam called "a culture that enables sexual misconduct" on the East Lansing campus.

"I am proud of the exceptional work of the Special Victims Unit led by Lt. Andrea Munford with the steadfast leadership of Chief (Jim) Dunlap", Simon said.

On Wednesday, Ferguson acknowledged the inferno of scorn engulfing the board by using another analogy to justify the swift move to hire to Engler as interim president.

Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo found himself in hot water last week when he expressed support Simon, saying there was "no way I could waver on the support for my administration or my president".

If Engler is appointed a group of MSU faculty members says they will push for a vote of "no confidence" targeting the Board of Trustees.

It is naive to trust that the university will hold itself accountable at a time when it has so much to lose.

The focus is now turning from Olympic gymnastics to MSU's iconic and monied basketball and football programs and how accusations against student-athletes have been handled or mishandled by coaches and university officials.

The board has suggested a change in strategy, but she said she has yet to see evidence of that.

Tracy was gang-raped by four Oregon State football players in 1998 and came forward with her story in 2014, becoming a champion for sexual assault survivors and for change on college campuses throughout the country.

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