LSJ calling for MSU President Lou Anna Simon's Resignation

LSJ calling for MSU President Lou Anna Simon's Resignation

Submitted by UMgradMSUdad on December 3rd, 2017 at 12:16 PM

Lou Anna Simon is no longer the right person to lead Michigan State University.

While Simon’s 12-year tenure has been marked by numerous accomplishments, there is one stark and significant failure that now overpowers all else: MSU’s inability to keep women safe from sexual assault and harassment on campus.

That failure belongs to Simon and her team. The time has come to hold her accountable.

http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/opinion/editorials/2017/12/03/lou-anna-simon-must-resign-michigan-state-president/913568001/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=

 

Tampa Bay Times: Feds investigate UF's handling of accusations against Antonio Callaway

Tampa Bay Times: Feds investigate UF's handling of accusations against Antonio Callaway

Submitted by LLG on July 1st, 2017 at 4:01 PM

"The University of Florida is under federal Title IX investigation for its handling of a December 2015 sexual assault accusation against star receiver Antonio Callaway, the complainant's attorney confirmed," reports the Tampa Bay Times.

The allegations also implicated quarterback Treon Harris. 

The outside lawyer that the school picked as the hearing officer is a Florida Gators booster and a member of the school's Hall of Fame.  The woman and her lawyer boycotted the hearing.  Five witnesses also boycotted the hearing.

"The case stems from a sexual encounter at Callaway's residence in Gainesville in December 2015. The university received a complaint and began investigating a month later. Callaway was suspended by the school during the investigation and fully reinstated before the start of the 2016 football season in September.

"Clune said his client's goal in filing the complaint is to help Florida correct some of its procedures for the sake of future students in similar situations. Clune and the woman have not ruled out the possibility of a Title IX lawsuit against the university. The Times typically does not name victims or possible victims of sexual assault."

"It seems like one of the crazier things we've seen, and yet I would have to believe there's smart people at the school," Clune said. "I think we want to talk to the school a little bit and find out how something like this actually happened before we decide on anything else."

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Callway's attorney, Amy Osteryoung, pointed out to the  totality of the investigation "which is over one thousand (1,000) pages will do that for us."

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Baylor Details "Horrifyng" Alleged Sexual Assaults by Football Players

Baylor Details "Horrifyng" Alleged Sexual Assaults by Football Players

Submitted by UMgradMSUdad on October 28th, 2016 at 6:26 PM

The Wallstreet Journal has a story with a few details provided by Baylor Board of Regent Members.  It's unreal the attitude taken by some of the Baylor donors and boosters:

Drayton McLane, a billionaire businessman whose name is on the Baylor football stadium, and other large donors asked the board for a private briefing on why the regents took such drastic action. Mr. Murff, chairman of the regents, declined to give them details of the investigation.

 

“They were very cold,” Mr. McLane said in an interview, adding that the controversy won’t affect his giving to Baylor and that he “just wants to understand the decisions that were made.”

Mr. Murff said other wealthy alumni suggested they would withhold millions of dollars if Baylor didn’t bring Mr. Briles back.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/baylor-details-horrifying-alleged-sexual-assaults-by-football-players-1477681988

FSU investigates Jameis Winston, Charges 2 Teammates in Rape Case

FSU investigates Jameis Winston, Charges 2 Teammates in Rape Case

Submitted by Leaders And Best on April 3rd, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Details are starting to emerge from FSU's investigation in the the Jameis Winston Rape Case. From Deadspin:

http://deadspin.com/fsu-investigates-jameis-winston-charges-2-teammates-in-1557216579

Title IX/Sexual Assault...yet no MSU bball

Title IX/Sexual Assault...yet no MSU bball

Submitted by dahblue on March 20th, 2014 at 11:12 AM

So, this article in the Detroit News today highlights changes in sexual assult policies (mostly at UofM) due to Title IX.  Once again, Gibbons is brought up and no mention is made of two stars of MSU's basketball team whose story seems even more damaging than Gibbons...and they're a (due to weak region) favorite to win the tourney.

I just don't get it.  Our (not great) kicker seems to have been a legendary scumbag and likely rapist (reading his police interview, "I didn't bust in her", makes it pretty hard to defend the guy) but the victim didn't want to press charges and the police took no action.  The university then expelled him as soon as it changed its sexual assault policy (which removed the requirement for the victim to make a formal complain and lowered the burden of proof).  Our PR response was awful, but official actions seemed to be proper (albeit slow and clunky).

By way of contrast, two MSU players were accused of sexual assualt, a teammate witness said it was not consensual and the victim wanted to press charges.  The police (just like with Gibbons) refused to press charges.  MSU (unlike Michigan with Gibbons) has taken no action against the two players and the media makes almost no mention of any of this despite repeated coverage of Title IX and sexual assault.  

Is this just crazy time?  If reducing/eliminating sexual assault is the goal, why in the world has there been no action taken against these guys and, even worse, where's the parallel media attention given that MSU is a daily sports news item?  It can't be a matter of "the press hates Michigan" because, frankly, I don't believe that to be true.

Maybe I just had to get that WTF off my chest, so mods, please feel free to delete if today should be a day of joy and celebration only.

Hello: Haley Zapolski (Women's Rowing)

Hello: Haley Zapolski (Women's Rowing)

Submitted by The Geek on October 3rd, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Quick Hello! post (and shout out) to Bettendorf (Iowa) High School senior Haley Zapolski, a member of the U.S. team at the Junior World Rowing Championships this summer in Lithuania. Haley made her verbal commitment to continue her rowing career at Michigan!

(After the team bow was hurt in warm ups, Haley's team competed in the quad race with only three rowers, and finished 3rd out of 7 teams. Awesome!)

The Michigan women's rowing team has qualified for the NCAA championships five-years running. Haley also visited Dartmouth and Princeton.

"I visited Michigan in mid-September and really connected with the coaching staff and team members," Haley said. "The culture of the program really impressed me, as there was a strong desire to row at a high level and a commitment to be supportive of each other during the training process."

Haley has only been rowing for two-years, but is an accomplished swimmer and tri-athlete. Welcome to Michigan, Haley! Go Blue!

Michigan Coach's Salaries and Title IX

Michigan Coach's Salaries and Title IX

Submitted by justingoblue on April 15th, 2011 at 3:37 PM

After Brian's Mailbag post on the front page, and some debate in the comments about the nature of Title IX's influence in equal funding for coach's salaries, I went all the way through the database here from the Michigan Athletic Department. On top of this, I took a look at the law itself, and have concluded that coaches salaries do not have to be equivalent, both through reading the law and through anecdotal evidence as told by UM's salaries.

Salary Figures Gross Number of Coach's Mean Median
Men's 4,478,015.40 35 127,928.28 96,047.50
Women's 2,629,527.98 30 84,823.48 75,748.00
Difference 1,848,487.42 5 43,104.80 20,299.50

aaamichfan inspired a different look at this in addition: factoring out RR and Beilein. In that case the figures change to:

Salary Figures Gross Number of Coach's Mean Median
Men's (Modified) 3,956,835.40 33 119,904.10 96,047.50
Women's (Same) 2,629,527.98 30 84,823.48 75,748.00
Difference 1,327,307.42 3 35,080.62 20,299.50

Edited again to factor out all FB/MBB and Men's Hockey assistants, as well as Red. As positive numbers were advantage men previously, negative numbers are advantage women.

Salary Figures Gross Number of Coach's Mean Median
Men's (Very Modified) 1,456,420.40 18 80,912.24 60,000.00
Women's (Same) 2,629,527.98 30 84,823.48 75,748.00
Difference -1,173,107.42 -12 -3,911.24 -15,748.00

I'm not trying to make a political or value judgement based on this. Certainly, on the top end at least, the men's sports salaries are justified based on revenue generated and salary levels at comparable institutions. This data is from the RR era and I did not include S&C coaches in the figures. I excluded S&C because a) it's hard to determine what sport they are attached to based on the salary database and b) I didn't think S&C coaches count towards the "equity" parts of Title IX, unless Michigan was employing undergrad assistants or something for women's sports, which obviously they are not.

One other note, it was impossible to tell who two of the coaches were. This could affect the data in either direction, but the salaries were both on the low end, and there were only two. So, at most a ~$50,000 swing, though it is very possible both were S&C coaches and therefore wouldn't have been included anyway.

Edited to fix whatever happened with the table, my apologies. Edited again to add the second table.