University of Michigan fires coach with ties to Nassar scandal
The University of Michigan is apologizing for hiring Rhonda Faehn after news of her recent hiring drew immediate backlash.
Athletic director Warde Manuel released a statement last night saying hiring Faehn was the wrong decision.
The university hired her Thursday as a coaching consultant, but didn't announce the hire until Saturday.
This drew fierce criticism from Michigan alumni, some members of its board of regents, and survivors of Larry Nassar's abuse.
Faehn was the former Vice President of USA Gymnastics.
She's believed to be the first USAG official told of Nassar's abuse.
Faehn, former USAG President Steve Penny, and former MSU President Lou Anna Simon testified before Congress about Nassar last June.
During that testimony, Faehn said she was told about Nassar abusing other gymnasts by another coach in the summer of 2015.
She claimed she reported that complaint to Penny at the time but did not report it to police.
Penny waited more than a month to inform the FBI about the complaints.
Nassar treated patients for more than a year before he was eventually arrested.
Faehn was fired by USAG last May.
Faehn is the second employee to leave Michigan's gymnastics staff in recent months.
Assistant coach Scott Vetere resigned in October after he was charged with having sex with a member of the gymnastics team in a parking lot near the university's campus.