I've been debating with myself about whether to post my thoughts on this. But what the hell. I need to get this off my chest.
If possible, this is worse than Sandusky. We are talking about molestation of hundreds of women...some just children. We are talking about 20 years of smoke that was swept aside by an army of enablers. We have a coach (female, no less) who answers claims of molestation by saying..."you do not understand the treatment." and then continues to send her athletes for "treatment." We have a national track program turning a blind eye. For 20 years! And continuing to employ the man as team trainer. And yet, even with all the recent disclosures and Nassar's guilt in a court of law, this doesn't come close to the Sandusky level of notoriety. Is it somehow less egregious because female children were victims? Or less egregious because it was heterosexual and not homosexual? Or because it is track instead of football?
We have had half hearted investigations held by university counsel. Investigations which did not produce a report! For which there can be no FOIA requests because of attorney client privilege. One of the responsibilities of leadership is to actually take responsibility. This has happened on the watch of Luanna Simon and Mark Hollis. It doesn't matter if they think they can hide behind plausible deniability and somehow maintain their high six figure salaries. Graham Spanier at Penn State was fired and was convicted of a felony. At the bare minimum Simon and Hollis need to resign and if they refuse to be fired with cause. Perhaps they should consider Hari Kari for the sake of their honor but they have no honor.
I am not so naive or blind to assume this could not happen in Ann Arbor. It can happen anywhere. I hope that Mark Schlissel, Warde Manual and the rest of the people with responsibility for the safety of their community are shining light in every dark corner and have the courage to address whatever they might find. I hope.