NCAA looks into how MSU handled Nassar case

Published: Jan. 25, 2018 at 9:50 AM EST
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The NCAA is examining how Michigan State University handled the case of sports doctor Larry Nassar, who faces prison time for sexually assaulting Olympic gymnasts and other young female athletes. Nassar worked at Michigan State and USA Gymnastics, which trains athletes aspiring to be Olympians. Former Spartans are among the more than 150 women and girls who have spoken over the last week at Nassar's sentencing. Women's gymnastics coach Kathie Klages resigned last year.

The NCAA sent a letter to Michigan State earlier this week asking for any potential rules violations related to convicted sexual abuser Larry Nassar, a former university employee. The letter was the first indication an investigation might be next. The NCAA is wading back into territory where its authority is unclear. It punished Penn State for what assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky did in another horrific case involving child sex abuse, but ended up walking back some of the penalties.