After seven days of emotional testimony from more than 160 women and girls describing sexual assault by Nassar, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina of the Ingham County Circuit Court in Lansing, Mich., sentenced Nassar on Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison.
But the scope of the scandal is widening.
The NCAA has already opened a separate investigation into the school's handling of sexual assault and abuse allegations. ESPN said it found a "pattern of widespread denial, inaction and information suppression" in MSU's response to sexual assault complaints involving the school's athletic department.
Lauren Allswede, who left the university in 2015 over frustrations about how administrators handled sexual assault cases, that published Friday that MSU administrators' entire approach to such cases has been misguided for years, especially in cases involving athletes.
"I think our culture here at Michigan State clearly needs to improve", he said. "I have always worked with the proper authorities when dealing with cases of sexual assault". The report also revealed that Dantonio instead of reporting a sexual assault to the university had made a player sit down with his mother to discuss his alleged actions.
The sentencing hearing that allowed the young women to give a face and a voice to their abuse to millions of television viewers did what almost 18 months of lawsuits and disclosures by some of the most high-profile gymnasts in the country could not: Move the needle enough to spur significant action. It was absolutely heartbreaking to hear their stories and the pain and suffering they went through and we are only in the beginning of the stages of the healing process for the community and, even more importantly, for the survivors and their families.
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Organizers have called for students attending the game to wear teal-colored T-shirts in the "Izzone", a vocal student cheering section named after head basketball coach Tom Izzo.
In turn, Dantonio and Izzo have said they are not stepping down, but Izzo promised to "cooperate with any investigation going forward". You know, they say the true test of a man is what he do in a time of adversity and I know these two guys will stand up and do whatever they can to help.
Asked about the resignation rumors, Izzo said, "I'm not going anywhere, in my mind". There's a lot of things that happened today that are part of life.
"I thought the teal shirts was awesome, and I thought the way the crowd responded to the team was special", Izzo said. Four Spartan football players - Josh King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance in a January 2017 incident, and Auston Robertson in an April 2017 incident - were dismissed previous year and are facing criminal sexual conduct charges.
Allswede wrote ESPN reporter Paula Lavigne an email Friday pushing back against Dantonio and MSU. It details several years of misconduct at MSU in regards to protecting the athletic department. "How could he victimize so many innocent young girls and young women for that long a period of time and no one caught him and stopped him?"