Izzo, however, did talk about his future with the university.
“I’m not going anywhere,” Izzo, a Hall of Fame coach, said. “I’m definitely not retiring. There’s a lot of things that happened today that are a part of life. I’m going to worry about my team, I’m going to worry about the survivors.”
Izzo was the second MSU coach to say he was staying put after OTL released its report. Football coach Mark Dantonio also affirmed at the Breslin Center, prior to the basketball game, he would not retire. The OTL report detailed sexual assaults committed by 16 MSU football players and stated Dantonio handled an investigation himself.
“That is absolutely false,” Dantonio said. ”I'm here for Spartan nation, here for our football program and for my family."
The OTL report, which was released hours before the game Friday, stated former MSU basketball player and coach Travis Walton assaulted a woman at an East Lansing Bar and allegedly took part in a gang rape of another woman. That incident was never reported to police, but the report states the woman told Hollis.
It also reported an alleged sexual assault involving former MSU basketball players Adreian Payne and Keith Appling. Police was made aware of that incident, but charges were never filed by the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office.
Payne was waived of his two-way contract with the Orlando Magic on Friday.
“I’m not going to answer any questions concerning that,” Izzo said. “I’m going to stick to worrying about the survivors. I’m going to try and do my part and helping them heal. … As far as the reports today we will cooperate with any investigation going forward, as we have always done.”
Izzo said he was aware OTL published the report, but did not have a chance to read its entirety prior to the game’s tipoff.
“I’ve seen the report, it came out a little late for me,” he said. “It’s been an interesting two days with the things that have gone on and still trying to prepare for a game. I’ll hold judgement on that until I really get a chance to sit down and look at everything.”
Sophomore point guard Cassius Winston said he saw rumors before the game Friday Izzo may consider retirement.
“I wish we would have knew something about it, but we didn’t really know much about that,” Winston said. “They did a great job with their energy today, supporting us, supporting coach Izzo and everything. I definitely think we would have wore teal warm-ups, or anything, because our hearts go out to the survivors.”
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