Report: NCAA president told of Michigan State sex case issues in 2010

EAST LANSING, MICH. - The Athletic's Nicole Auerbach reports that NCAA president Mark Emmert received a letter from Kathy Redmond, the founder of National Coalition Against Violent Athletes. In the letter that the Athletic obtained, Redmond "highlighted concerned about Michigan State." 

The letter, reportedly sent to Emmert in 2010, about six months after he took over at the NCAA, says: "In the past two years alone, 37 reports of sexual assault by MSU athletes have been reported, but not one disciplinary sanction was imposed by school officials against any of the men involved."

Emmert could not be reached for comment by The Athletic on Friday.

Redmond said she also sent a copy of the letter to the NCAA's Board of Governors. She posted a partial version of the letter on Twitter on Friday.

She told The Athletic Emmert invited her to a meeting in Indianapolis, where she discussed the case with former MSU basketball players Keith Appling and Adreian Payne, who were accused of sexually assaulting a woman during their freshman year. Ingham County prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III decided against pressing charges.

That case was a part of ESPN's far-ranging report, published on Friday, detailing a pattern of covering up sexual assaults and violence by MSU football and basketball players over the last decade.

Michigan State received a letter of inquiry from the NCAA on Tuesday based on their handling of the Larry Nassar case.

On Friday, MSU athletic director Mark Hollis announced his retirement, two days after school president Lou Anna Simon gave her letter or resignation to the Board of Trustees.

About an hour after Hollis' announcement, ESPN published their report.

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