Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo says he wants an apology from ESPN college basketball analyst Dan Dakich after several social media posts calling Spartans fans “whiny” and “dumb.”


The interim president at Michigan State has responded to an ESPN Outside the Lines report that shined a spotlight on how the university has been mishandling – or ignoring – allegations of sexual abuse and discrimination.

John Engler released a statement Tuesday supporting men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo and football coach Mark Dantonio, both of whom were included in the story published Feb. 1. The report went past former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State crew physician Larry Nassar, who sexually abused greater than 200 girls and women all the way through his decades-long tenure. 

Engler stated partially: “This used to be a sensationalized package deal of reporting that persisted allegations and insinuations that we at the moment are reviewing. The coaches have been requested to chorus from remark whilst the reviews have been tested. That has been a burden that will have to be lifted. I’m hoping that MSU can quickly reply in complete and confirm the integrity and probity that has been the hallmark of those two revered coaches.

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“It is not simple to reside below a microscope. … I am happy – however frankly now not shocked – on the willingness of such a lot of to begin the laborious paintings of creating actual exchange.

” … I’m fully aware that there is a lot of work to do and not much time to do it. I appreciate your support as we together address the urgent tasks in front of us.”

In the report, the programs of Izzo and Dantonio have been stated to have mishandled instances of sexual attack. Both coaches have been imagined to have identified of the lawsuits and helped sweep them below the rug.

Izzo and Dantonio to start with denied the allegations, then stopped chatting with the media. In interviews ahead of and after basketball video games, Izzo has declined to remark.

In the wake of the Nassar scandal, the college’s president and athletic director have stepped down. The scholars and college have referred to as for a extra clear procedure wherein a brand new president shall be selected and lots of have referred to as out Engler, a former governor, as being too just about one of the board individuals.