The latest domino to fall in the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal is Michigan State University president Lou Anna Simon, who announced her resignation in a statement published Wednesday. Simon's resignation comes on the same day that Nassar -- the disgraced doctor who treated athletes at Michigan State in addition to serving as team doctor for USA Gymnastics -- was sentenced to 40-175 years in prison. More than 150 women said that the 54-year-old Nassar sexually assaulted them under the guise of medical treatment, a pattern of behavior that the doctor exhibited for years without repercussions. As Nassar's sentencing hearing carried on over the past few weeks, Simon has faced mounting pressure to step down thanks to gut-wrenching testimonies from those who were victimized by Nassar -- including current and former Michigan State student athletes. Some used their time in court to question why the university leadership failed to stop Nassar's heinous behavior. Despite the mounting pressure on the school's leadership, MSU's board of trustees voted last week to stand behind Simon, citing her integrity and -- among other things -- her ability to fundraise. However, as several organizations, including the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics, have been promising to make significant changes in order to fix the toxic culture Nassar left behind, it appears that the pressure convinced Simon to resign from her post at Michigan State, where she has worked since the mid-1970s.
Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon resigns amid Larry Nassar scandal
CBS Sports | Jan 25