In the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal, 10-year athletic director Mark Hollis is resigning from Michigan State.
Reporters were on the scene at the announcement of his resignation unable to live stream the press conference, but were able to tweet it:
Mark Hollis speaking now at the table. Saying he was brought to tears by the statements. His wife is standing in the corner of the room.— Graham Couch (@Graham_Couch) January 26, 2018
Hollis: "Our campus and beyond have been attacked by evil."— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) January 26, 2018
“Our first priority has always been the health and safety of our student athletes” - Hollis— Jay Sarkar (@WLNSJaySarkar) January 26, 2018
Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis officially announces his retirement— Kyle Austin (@kylebaustin) January 26, 2018
Hollis getting choked up: "It's been an absolute honor to guide the athletic department. Today, I'm announcing my retirement. ... I'm not running away from anything. I'm running toward something. Comfort and compassion for the survivors. ... Togetherness for my family."— Graham Couch (@Graham_Couch) January 26, 2018
Emotional Mark Hollis: "I've always been a Spartan and I always will be."— Matt Wenzel (@mwenzel2) January 26, 2018
Hollis: I want to be clear I was not asked to retire, not pressured to retire. "Our choice was for the right reasons."— Matt Wenzel (@mwenzel2) January 26, 2018
“Many people told me that I should not do this. There are things that happen in your life, you get messages, I know this was the right time.” - Hollis on reaction coaches/friends had to his decision.— Jay Sarkar (@WLNSJaySarkar) January 26, 2018
Hollis: My last day in the office is Wednesday (getting teary-eyed). I'll be here to cooperated with any investigation.— Graham Couch (@Graham_Couch) January 26, 2018
Prior to the press conference, the news was first reported by Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press.
This comes three days after Lou Anna K Simon resigned as president of the university in wake of the Larry Nassar scandal.
Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis is expected to tender his resignation today in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal according to a source with knowledge of the situation.— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) January 26, 2018
Hollis was known for his creative mind and transformations in college sports, but for the time being, his legacy seems to be murky at best.