Michigan State University introduces new athletic director
EAST LANSING (AP) — The new athletic director at Michigan State faces issues beyond just trying to win games and compete for championships. That much is obvious, and Bill Beekman acknowledged it.
“The last several years have been among the darkest in our history,” Beekman said. “Among the over 300 survivors who came forward that were subject to Larry Nassar’s horrific acts, over 30 were MSU students, and several of those students were student-athletes. We must do better and we will.”
Michigan State officially introduced Beekman as its AD on Monday, giving him the job he has held on an interim basis since early February.
Beekman took over on an interim basis shortly after athletic director Mark Hollis retired following the sex abuse scandal involving Nassar — and just before ESPN reported allegations of sexual assault and violence against women involving Michigan State football and basketball players. The report questioned how the athletic department handled those cases.