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Michigan State's Tom Izzo: 'I'm Not Going Anywhere'

Michigan State's Tom Izzo: 'I'm Not Going Anywhere'”

The fallout from the Larry Nassar scandal is far from complete at Michigan State University, as an ESPN report details troubling allegations that extend far beyond Nassar in the school's athletic department. The Spartans football coach forcefully denied an allegation that he mishandled a sexual assault report against a player, made in the same ESPN report.

ESPN claims there is a "pattern of widespread denial, inaction and information suppression of such allegations". I'm here tonight to say that any accusations of my handling of any complaints of sexual assault individually are completely false.

Sixteen players have been accused of sexual assault or violence against women under football coach Mark Dantonio's watch since 2007, according to interviews and public records obtained by ESPN, despite the football coach addressing four football players in June as the first offenders he dealt with on any such issues.

Dantonio said he learned of all the sexual cases in the "OTL" report from the authorites. His titles include 7 Big Ten regular season titles, 5 Big Ten tournament titles, one coach of the year award (AP, 1998) and 3-time Big Ten coach of the year. When you find out about the problems, it has come from the police or the university authorities. "It is absolutely heartbreaking to hear their stories about the pain they have been through and we are only in the beginning stages of the healing process for the community and more importantly for the survivors and their families".

"It's been interesting two days with the things that have gone on and still trying to prepare for a game", he said.

"We will cooperate with any investigation going forward", he said.

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"But I really didn't buy into that one", the sophomore point guard said. "I'm definitely not retiring". And I thought the way the crowd responded to our team was special.

In regard to the basketball program, one of the most troubling cases involves Travis Walton, a former player who later became an undergraduate student assistant under Tom Izzo. Not even the retirement of his close friend and athletic director, Mark Hollis.

"It was just very upsetting that someone with a little bit of pull around the school, because he was a basketball star or assistant coach, could kind of just do whatever he wanted and kind of get away with it", the accuser told ESPN. Young women and girls reported the now-disgraced physician multiple times over decades, but he was not stopped.

It's been a whirlwind of a week for Michigan State athletics.

MSU is now under investigation by the NCAA and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

"This is new ground for us".



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