Michigan State interim president calls ESPN report 'sensationalized package of reporting'

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The MSU Faculty Senate will call the question of a"no confidence vote against the Board of Trustees at its next meeting Feb. 13. WKAR File

The MSU Faculty Senate has voted 61 to 4 to issue a statement of no confidence in the Board of Trustees and call for the Trustees to resign.

The Faculty Senate chose to hold the vote after a majority of the school's faculty voted in favor of the Senate holding the vote. The vote is, in part, the result of the Board's appointment of former governor John Engler as Interim President. He said this vote isn't about Engler being a Republican, rather the board hasn't listened to the faculty, especially their request that the interim president not be a political person. That's because of allegations against the school's handling of sexual assault cases following the sentencing of former MSU doctor Larry Nassar. The Faculty Senate has no legal power over the board.

Engler's letter also called a recent investigative report from ESPN's Outside the Lines regarding Michigan State's response to sexual assault "a sensationalized package of reporting".

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Just an hour previous, Cornyn had told reporters the opposite, saying: "We could do it this week if there is cooperation". Unfortunately, people covered by DACA were children when they came to the United States but that does not make it legal.

Asked about that statement after his team's win over Minnesota, and specifically Engler's line that the reporting was "sensationalized", Izzo said three times that he agreed with the school president.

There was significant fallout at MSU following the Nassar scandal, as Simon resigned and athletic director Mark Hollis announced his retirement. That has been a burden that must be lifted.

"I am not sure if the at-large members of the Steering Committee realize how insensitive and tone-deaf this motion makes us appear", Vickery said. "I hope that MSU can soon respond in full and affirm the integrity and probity that has been the hallmark of these two respected coaches". "We'll see what goes from there when I get home and get a chance to read it all and get a chance to talk to him". That's about all I'm going to say on it. The report, though not calling out the coaches by name, alleged that both programs had a culture of sexual assault, and that both were said to have mishandled cases of sexual assault.

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