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Tom Izzo blasted by ESPN OTL reporter for handling of reported sexual assault

Last week, Michigan State doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for sexual assault and molestation of over 150 women. On Friday afternoon, Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis announced his resignation. Just a few hours later, ESPN released a bombshell report saying basketball coach Tom Izzo and football coach Mark Dantonio knew of more sexual assaults involving their players on and off campus and mishandled reporting the incidents to the proper authorities.

Former MSU point guard Travis Walton became a student assistant coach for Izzo during the 2009-10 season, where he reportedly punched a woman in the face at a bar. In another incident, Walton and two other members of the basketball team were alleged to have sexually assaulted another woman.

When asked about his handling of the incidents this weekend, Izzo didn’t help his case by any means.

As for the football program under Dantonio, 16 different players were reportedly involved in sexual assault incidents.

The NCAA is currently investigating the entire school, and as of now, things aren’t looking too promising for either head coach.

Oh, and as for the NCAA, President Mark Emmert reportedly knew about 37 (THIRTY-SEVEN) sexual assault cases back in 2010 and did absolutely nothing about any of them.

Once again, when there are countless issues of substance that need to be addressed, the leader of the NCAA proves to be incompetent again.

I’d say I’m shocked, but at this point, is it really even a surprise anymore?

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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26 Comments for Tom Izzo blasted by ESPN OTL reporter for handling of reported sexual assault



  1. Catcasey1
    8:39 pm January 28, 2018 Permalink

    Emmett needs to be gone tomorrow and charges



    • Bull Filmer
      5:33 am January 29, 2018 Permalink

      Agreed.



  2. david8577
    8:51 pm January 28, 2018 Permalink

    Penn St., Louisville, and now Mich St. Let’s hope this is the end of repugnant university behavior.



    • RickE
      8:56 pm January 28, 2018 Permalink

      This can’t be good for little brother, who is expecting the NCAA’s ruling in the next 3 days.



    • justaregulardude
      9:04 pm January 28, 2018 Permalink

      Add Baylor to that list.



  3. shepdog3720
    10:29 pm January 28, 2018 Permalink

    Wonder what the over/under is for how long Dantonio and Izzo are relieved of their duties at Mich St? President, AD, ?, ?…..



  4. BlueDew
    10:54 pm January 28, 2018 Permalink

    Be cautious what we wish on other universities. To think any university is immune to this is not being smart. Let’s hope our university acted in an appropriate and swift manner on issues dealing with these issues.



  5. BlueDew
    10:56 pm January 28, 2018 Permalink

    Be careful what you wish on another university.



    • Peas and Carrots
      11:21 pm January 28, 2018 Permalink

      I don’t think that’s applicable here. Michigan State’s AD is gone, Izzo and the football coach should be removed immediately and Emmert should be removed as well. All three contributed to the largest sexual assault case in American history by neglecting to speak out on what they knew was going on within their institution. By volume of victims, what they did was substantially worse than what happened at Penn State. If ever a program was deserving of the death penalty this is it. If anything like this happened at Kentucky I would hope they would take the correct steps to remove whoever necessary immediately.



  6. UKinIN
    11:09 pm January 28, 2018 Permalink

    It’s always sad when those that are held up as doing things “the right way” are revealed to have not. This is Izzo’s last season at Michigan State.



  7. UKfanman01
    11:24 pm January 28, 2018 Permalink

    So what Izzo knew about an assistant punching a woman in the face? Josh Jackson at Kansas got away with assaulting a female basketball player and beating her car up, not to mention she was the one who was punished for reporting it!!! She was kicked off the team for it. Oh and he had other off the court issues. So who cares if an assistant coach did that?



    • Eazy
      10:18 am January 29, 2018 Permalink

      The Kansas situation is similar. Both are awful. Self and Izzo both need to go. Izzo hid more than the punch. He knew of multiple players of his were rapists. It’s sickening.



  8. jonthes
    12:36 am January 29, 2018 Permalink

    Izzo like most big time choices live in a bubble where the only thing is wins and losses. He actually thinks that if he yokes MSU winning it will ‘heal the survivors’. As someone who has been active in social issues and a big Bball fan, it’s glaringly obvious he thinks he can just bluff his way through this. In truth like Boeheim he should be fired or resign, but he won’t and won’t be. At some point the kings of sport are going to be made to learn that there are more important things than sports and that the consequences are their jobs. I just don’t think it will be Izzo.



    • dismore
      11:00 am January 29, 2018 Permalink

      It’s easy why the NCAA didn’t investigate in 2010. Like the government they pick winners and losers.



  9. 4everUKblue
    3:06 am January 29, 2018 Permalink

    I’m pretty sure our program has way more integrity than these other programs.



    • Luether
      10:03 pm January 29, 2018 Permalink

      Ha! Funny!! Cal has walked the gray line his whole career…



  10. meeksfor3
    8:12 am January 29, 2018 Permalink

    Has there ever been anyone who was worse at their job but able to keep it more than Emmert?



  11. dismore
    11:03 am January 29, 2018 Permalink

    Sadly the NCAA is as corrupt as these universities. There’s zero consistency and simply pick who they will and won’t punish.



  12. millertime98
    1:50 pm January 29, 2018 Permalink

    I live in the area and if you think Pitino was admired and adored by UL fans despite his scandals, Izzo is adored even more. I will be shocked if he is let go, mostly because they know he’ll be scooped up by another university within a year and colleges know they can’t let their golden goose go. Remember, Jo Pa was accused of knowing his assistant raped a boy and kept him on staff for years and students turned over a news van while screaming at them that is was the media’s fault.
    I know times have changed even in 5 years but there is little chance Izzo is gone. He will be disciplined and that’s it. The dude is Teflon here because he “does it the right way”.



  13. notFromhere
    5:28 pm January 29, 2018 Permalink

    For future reference, whenever you see someone in the public eye pointing the stinky finger at someone else and accusing them of being corrupt, take it with a grain of salt, unless you already know it’s true. (ESPN, NCAA officiating, and Emmert’s group dislike of Cal and UK in spite of no evidence)

    The chances are greater that those pointing the finger are trying to deflect from their own prejudices, bias, and corruption, or those of others from whom they make the most money. (Look, there’s racism in the SEC! Just don’t look at the racism here and the fact that we are paying our players for championships. Sincerely, UCLA and the NCAA)(Look, One-and-Done is evil! Ignore that Duke is doing it and that UNC turned their entire program and university into a fraudulent diploma and non-student athlete factory, and that I have known about abuse cases and done nothing but cover them up for years. Best regards, Mark Emmert, Ol Roy, RoachK, and the media.)

    Toads. Absolute fn toads.



  14. notFromhere
    5:43 pm January 29, 2018 Permalink

    At least they paved the way for all future assaults to go unreported. As long as there are 1 or more people that will verify the story of the assailant, no one will ever be punished. Nice work, Emmert. Nice work Ingham county prosecutors.

    UK erred on the side of caution with such situations. No one reported it favorably



  15. KYPIP
    6:37 pm January 29, 2018 Permalink

    Not sure why a sports blog and radio show is choosing to involve themselves in such a silly and ugly story as the one about SoAcres church.
    My family started attending SoAcres church a few months ago. It was wonderful at first. Then, the disruptions and demonstration happened. It is a scary thing in today’s world to witness such open, rebellion. The demonstrative resistance from a few disgruntled people started becoming something that we worried about our children experiencing. We are happy that the governing board took such a brave, wise step.