Remember several months ago when it looked like Tom Izzo might lose his job after Outside the Lines released a report about the culture of sexual assault in Michigan State’s men’s basketball and football programs? Well, while the NCAA was investigation the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal, they also looked into those allegations and found zero violations.
“The NCAA also conducted a second and additional review stemming from reporting by an ESPN program ‘Outside the Lines’ related to the way the institution handled allegations of student conduct involving student-athletes in Michigan State’s football and men’s basketball programs. Again, the Duncan letter states the NCAA review “…….has not substantiated violations of NCAA legislation.”
If you need a refresher, Outside the Lines reported that Izzo and football coach Mark Dantonio knew of sexual assaults involving their players and mishandled reporting the incidents to the proper authorities. In Izzo’s case, they alleged that the program covered up sexual assault allegations against Adreian Payne and Keith Appling and former player turned graduate assistant Travis Walton, who was accused of knocking a woman out in a bar.
But hey, since they didn’t violate any NCAA rules, it’s all good. Just like that, Izzo is back to being college basketball’s darling.