bronxblue

February 20th, 2018 at 11:36 AM ^

$325/hr isn't unreasonable.  My guess is the hourly rate for their attorneys is higher than that.  I think MSU's handling of this situation is terrible, but them paying below-market rate for services that places like MSU need in situations like this (I'm not debating the moral argument people have about PR spin of systemic sexual assault) isn't that weird.

Year of Revenge II

February 20th, 2018 at 11:53 AM ^

He is hiring every crony he can find, or anyone he owes a chit to.  That should have been the thread, not $325/hr, which is not all that unreasonable.

But by the time you add up all his crony hires, the cost is going to be astronomical.  It will only be made miniscule by the final tally on the payouts to the people who sue/make claims as victims.

Hopefully, it will break them, and CMU can take over as the second university in Michigan.

CarrIsMyHomeboy

February 20th, 2018 at 12:19 PM ^

Many would argue that Wayne State is already the second most prestigious in-state public. Though based on location and culture, in the exceedingly unlikely event that MSU (not its administrators but the university itself) crumbles, WMU, CMU, and spots like Ferris are much more well suited to pick up the relevant transfers and applicants (i.e., schools like that are lesser than MSU in prestige but not by much).

redhed

February 20th, 2018 at 4:33 PM ^

Two point here.  MSU has never been, and never will be used in the same sentence as the word prestigious.  Second, no matter what has occurred, "the university itself" is not going to "crumble" to the point that "relevant" students are transferring to Western and Ferris.  They will wear a GIANT scar over the Nassar tragedy, and will pay out millions of dollars, but that's it.  

A Nonymous

February 20th, 2018 at 7:10 PM ^

Is a good school with some excellent areas of study but your comment is a joke. Wayne State and all of the directional schools are typically ranked in low 100’s for public universities. MSU is around 30-40 while UM is best in state and typically top 5 nationally.

Rankings can be based on questionable criteria but everything from acceptance rate, ACT scores, starting salary after graduation, etc. points in MSU’s favor over WSU.

Michigan Tech is probably the closest to MSU in terms of prestige/ranking.

amr85

February 20th, 2018 at 12:05 PM ^

Article says he usually charges $437 for a crisis. So MSU is getting a deal because this guy is an MSU alumni. If he had any wits about him, he would be charging them his normal crisis rate. They did an inexcusable thing and need to be charged for it.

The cost should be more.

KennyHiggins

February 20th, 2018 at 12:20 PM ^

Faculty is pissed off as the teachers have salaries frozen and Izzo and Dantonio keep rolling in the $$$ despite the shame they've brought on the school

Blow the damn place up

readyourguard

February 20th, 2018 at 3:09 PM ^

Engler is a Spartan alum

Truscott is a Spartan alum (two degrees)

Truscott was Engler's Comms Director when JE was gov.

Truscott owns his own spin machine. Today he promoted an open letter penned by a notorious RCMB wanker amd said "all Spartans should read this analysis"

That analysis was titled "Paula Lavigne is a liar".

Michigan State continues to amaze me with their endless self-righteousness and blithering network of Jagaloon "Bruh"s.

NateVolk

February 20th, 2018 at 10:00 PM ^

All this would be handled so much differently if it happened at Michigan.  That would be by necessity. 

MSU gets a lot of protective cover from the media and has no academic, social, or cultural tradition near as well regarded to live up to. They can be the sports factory and since that's all anyone really expects, they can be that with minimal outrage. 

To a great many people who associate themselves with MSU as alumni, the last few years success in two major sports IS the tradition. 

I am a State graduate and the place wasn't known for much as recently as the late 90s. I always struggled to give it identity when I'd talk about it in professional circles. And I was there 6 years. I knew it inside and out.  There was nothing inherently special about it and you never got the sense that mattered to anyone to create something special.

I guess if those two clowns had been so integral in creating your only actual identity, you might also behave transparently callous to protect them. You wouldn't understand the optics the rest of the world sees. You'd have tunnel vision and could easily con yourself it's all a big made up lie by investigative reporters with an agenda. 

Save those two and the narrative surrounding their tenures, save the school. It's warped. 

And the rest of the world has moved on throwing them on the Baylor pile. Moreso with each day of PR firms, and two coaches ducking answering obvious questions.

But that's all OK because to many many people who should know better, a few sports wins in the internet era all the identity the place has.