— The Sports Xchange —
On the same day Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis resigned in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal, ESPN reported on Friday that the Michigan State athletic department suppressed information regarding sexual assault allegations against football and men’s basketball players.
The report on ESPN’s Outside The Lines noted “a pattern of widespread denial, inaction and information suppression of such allegations by officials ranging from campus police to the Spartan athletic department.”
The actions included deleting information from reports, not following appropriate procedures, and officials going to court to withhold athletes’ names in police reports.
The report specifically noted incidents in the Spartans’ football program. It said at least 16 football players have been accused of sexual assault or violence against women since Mark Dantonio became head coach in 2007. Dantonio was involved in the handling of some the cases, according to the report.
Four Spartans football players — Josh King, Donnie Corley, Demetric Vance and Auston Robertson — were dismissed last year and are facing criminal sexual conduct charges, according to the Detroit Free Press. However, Dantonio said in June those four were the first offenders he dealt with on those issues.
The ESPN report also detailed instances of manipulation of information regarding sexual assault allegations in the men’s basketball program under Tom Izzo.
–Auburn starting quarterback Jarrett Stidham had surgery on his non-throwing shoulder recently, the school confirmed this week.
The school described it as “a minor (surgical) procedure” on his left shoulder that was performed in January. Specifics of the surgery and the expected time of recovery were not disclosed. Head coach Gus Malzahn “expects (Stidham) to participate in spring practice,” according to the school’s statement.
Stidham started every game under center for the SEC West champion Tigers in 2017. He passed for 3,158 yards and 18 touchdowns this season, becoming the second Auburn quarterback to throw for 3,000-plus yards in a season.
–Alabama added a new secondary coach who had taken a job as defensive coordinator at Louisiana Lafayette last month and reportedly will hire another assistant in a similar scenario.
The Crimson Tide announced the hiring of Karl Scott on Thursday.
Meanwhile, multiple reports indicated that Dan Enos is headed to Alabama to be the quarterbacks coach after signing on at Michigan earlier this month.
Enos was added to Michigan’s staff as the 10th assistant on Jan. 8, but his stay in Ann Arbor apparently will be short-lived. His connection to Alabama is through Michigan State, where Alabama head coach Nick Saban was the defensive coordinator and Enos a quarterback on the team in the late 1980s.