Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis, one of the most innovative administrators in college athletics and the mastermind behind some of the most unique early season college basketball events, announced his resignation on Friday morning.
This decision comes in the wake of Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon resigning as a result of the University’s handling of Dr. Larry Nassar. Nassar was sentenced to 40-175 years in prison for decades of child abuse as a physician for the University and as a team doctor for USA Women’s Gymnastics.
Hollis said that he was not asked to retire or pressured “in any way” to leave his post. “This is a choice Nancy and I make,” he told reporters at a press conference. “And we’re going to move forward with our lives and see what’s around the corner.” Hollis said that he made a statement to the FBI and to Michigan State police, but that he did not know about Nassar until an article in the Indy Star in 2016.
He said he does not believe that he has ever met Nassar.
Hollis has been with Michigan State since 1995 and has been their athletic director since 2008. He was on the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee for the last five years, and served as the chairman for the 2016-17 season.