MSU athletic director Mark Hollis. Photo: Drew Angerer / Getty Images

Michigan State's athletic director, Mark Hollis, announced his resignation Friday, the latest top university official to step down following the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.

Why it matters: Several women who accused Nassar of molesting them said the abuse occurred while they were students at Michigan State. Their allegations have led to an investigation into MSU's conduct, as 14 university representatives reportedly knew of reports against Nassar. And yesterday, MSU President Lou Ann Simon resigned amid pressure for having failed to do more.

Holls said in a statement Friday that the decision to resign "was not an easy decision for my family, and you should not jump to any conclusions based on our decision – listen to facts. I am not running away from anything."

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