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Former MSU AD has a new gig

Posted: 8:46 AM, Jun 07, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-07 12:46:24Z

The former Michigan State University Athletic Director, Mark Hollis, who resigned due to the Larry Nassar scandal, has a new job.

Hollis will be a consultant to Dan Gilbert and Gilbert's family of businesses.

Gilbert founded Quicken Loans and owns several sports franchises, including the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Quicken Loans has confirmed this and says Hollis currently consults for the sports and entertainment parts of Gilbert's various companies.

Among those he is expected to be involved in will be the PGA tour's return to Michigan.

The PGA confirmed last week they will host a tournament at the Detroit Golf Club.

In February, Michigan State University Interim President John Engler appointed Bill Beekman to serve as interim athletic director.

Beekman is MSU's vice-president and secretary to the Board of Trustees. He served as acting president from Lou Anna K. Simon's resignation until Engler took over as interim president.

Beekman takes over the athletic department following the retirement of Mark Hollis.

Hollis stepped down on January 24, hours before ESPN published a report accusing Michigan State's athletic department of attempting to cover up sexual assaults.

Engler says MSU will conduct a nationwide search for its next athletic director and that no internal candidates will be considered.

Hollis slammed the ESPN report about MSU's handling of sexual assaults within the football and basketball programs.

In an e-mail sent to athletic department staff, he said there were, "inaccurate, incomplete and misleading statements made, and then reported by ESPN"

In the letter Hollis also thanked the athletic department staff, and reiterated that he will cooperate with all investigations in place.

That letter is available below:

"Athletic Department Staff,

Before too much time passed, I am reaching out to you to say thank you. Your efforts for Michigan State University and the athletic department are valued by many people. This is a time we must all pull together with a unified focus aimed at enhancing a healthy and safe campus. I am forever grateful for your personal efforts toward that common community goal.

There are challenges that must be faced and addressed. The voices of brave survivors and the echoes from a supportive MSU student body and campus community rightfully call for a culture of optimum safety and calmness. I am confident that you will continue to be part of positively enhancing this way of life.

As I stated in my retirement announcement, my commitment to cooperate and be transparent with all investigations is in place and it always has been. In doing this, I can state with certainty that there were inaccurate, incomplete and misleading statements made and then reported by ESPN.

Nancy and I made the decision to retire. While we love serving Spartans and will miss all of you on a daily basis, we have confidence in you and your ability to continue to strive for the highest values.

Thank you again for your personal commitment to the university, community and student-athletes. We are grateful for the impact you have on our family and all Spartans.

Mark Hollis"