Before men's basketball's first round win against No. 14 seed Bucknell at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit March 16, NCAA President Mark Emmert said MSU is still "in communication" with the governing body of the NCAA, according to Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press.
"They obviously have got administrative changes going on,” Emmert said to Solari. “Because there are so many governmental organizations already working there, we’re trying to respect the boundaries of law enforcement, (the Michigan) attorney general, now the Department of Education wants to weigh in, there is potential Congressional investigations, et cetera.
"We don’t want to get in the way of any of those things. And we are going to work with them and communicate with them as this all unfolds.”
The NCAA's investigation comes after the scandal of ex-MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. The NCAA sent MSU a letter on Jan. 23 that said there are "serious concerns" about MSU's adherence to the NCAA constitution.
Emmert said the NCAA is taking into consideration athletes were involved in the Nassar scandal. He also said the victim's statements during Nassar's sentencings was "gut-wrenching" and everybody's focus should still be on the victims.
"You have got to untangle how did this happen, how could this have been prevented, what can be changed, not just in one venue and at one school but across the country, what role does the (United States Olympic Committee) and the (national) governing bodies have," Emmert said. "Everybody has got to figure out their respective role."
"This was just ungodly in its breadth and implications.”
As a result of the Nassar scandal, Emmert said the NCAA Board of Governors put in a new policy, which requires presidents, athletic directors and Title IX officers “to sign off — literally annually sign off” on their schools are educating university staff members and students on sexual violence. The policy began on March 1 and forms must be turned in by May 15.
Emmert said he did not want to talk about any single case or campus that "may have an investigation going on" when asked about the sexual assault allegations surrounding the football and men's basketball programs.
However, Emmert did tell Solari MSU "is a wonderful university with so much great tradition and such a great academic institution.
"To be embroiled in this is really, really shocking for everybody," Emmert said. "We are going to work with all of the officials and do everything we can to make sure we understand what is going on.”
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