On Tuesday night, after Michigan State’s 87-57 victory over Minnesota, Spartans coach Tom Izzo was asked about comments made by Michigan State interim president John Engler saying ESPN’s report on the school’s handling of sexual assault allegations was “sensationalized.”
Izzo said he hadn’t read the full statement, but he agreed with what Engler said.
“I only saw a little bit, but the part I saw, I agreed with what he said,” Izzo told reporters. “We’ll see what goes from there when I get home and get a chance to read it all and get a chance to talk to him. But the part I saw, I agreed with him.”
He was also asked if there was a burden with the investigation and how he’s been ordered not to speak about it after making a decision himself to not speak earlier.
Izzo also said it was his decision to not talk early, then when state and NCAA investigations began, the order came from above him.
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Here’s the full quote:
“There’s been a little burden to it,” he said. “Until the investigations came, it was more my decision and he wasn’t even president then. Since that comes, that’s pretty common, so I said it before, there will be a time that I’ll talk but I thought what he said looked really good to me as a start.”
The Spartans next travel to Northwestern on Saturday.
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