Izzo largely lived up to that vow of silence, declining further comment on the alleged sexual assaults mentioned in the “Outside the Lines” piece and repeatedly attempted to shift focus back to the Nassar survivors.
Izzo was first drawn into that hurricane of negative publicity when he offered a well-meaning yet poorly worded defense of Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon last Friday.
The most damning part of the story for Izzo involved Travis Walton, an ex-Michigan State player who was allegedly allowed to remain a student-assistant coach in 2010 despite misdemeanor assault charges for punching a female student in the face at a bar.
The common denominator with these incidents and so many recent college sports scandals is that the folks in charge of alerting the police, being transparent with the public or handing out discipline have an incentive to bury information.
Recent high-profile scandals at Penn State and Baylor are proof there’s too big a conflict of interest, as are less publicized instances at other schools of key players being allowed to keep playing while under investigation for rape.
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