NCAA prez warned of Michigan State sexual assault problem in 2010

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The Athletic was given a copy of a letter from National Coalition Against Violent Athletes founder Kathy Redmond that alerted Emmert to what was being reported at Michigan State, where there were 37 separate cases of sexual assault that involved athletes.

Emmert met with Kathy Redmond, the founder of the National Coalition Against Violent Athletes, and received a letter from her dated November 17, 2010, that detailed the allegations about MSU athletes sexually assaulting women.

The fallout from Nassar - the disgraced ex-Michigan State and USA Gymnastics doctor with a sentence of up to 175 years - continues.

Emmert declined comment to The Athletic. Emmert, in an email Saturday to the NCAA Board of Governors that was provided to the Associated Press, acknowledged receiving the letter - which he says "was not addressed to (him) or any individual" - but noted the MSU cases "were widely reported in the press and already being investigated by law enforcement and university officials". Also in attendance alongside Emmert and Redmond was legal expert Wendy Murphy, according to the website.

In an interview with The Athletic, Redmond said she found Emmert, 65, receptive to her concerns, meeting with her for 90 minutes.

NCAA president Mark Emmert could be facing some tough questions soon regarding recent allegations on Michigan State's football and men's basketball programs.

On Friday, Outside the Lines' Paula Lavigne and Nicole Noren published an investigation that revealed "a pattern of widespread denial, inaction and information suppression" regarding allegations of sexual assault and violence against women by MSU athletes on both the football and basketball teams. It also focused on the school's apparent practice of dealing with accusations within the athletic department. "As I often have said, even one act of sexual violence is too many". Maybe the NCAA will take this investigation seriously, but many will be skeptical due to the NCAA now jumping in when the spotlight is on Michigan State and not years ago.

Michigan State University Board of Trustees Chairman Brian Breslin speaks during a Trustees meeting following the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case.

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