Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo issued a statement Sunday to clarify comments he made Friday night in support of school president Lou Anna K. Simon, whose status is embattled as a result of the Larry Nassar case.
On Friday night in my postgame press conference, I used the wrong words when trying to express my belief that Larry Nassar and anyone else who broke the law should be held accountable for their crimes, Izzo said in the statement. My overall message was, and remains, that I have tremendous admiration for the courage the survivors have shown, and that Larry Nassar has permanently damaged the lives of so many people and deserves all the punishment that he receives.
Trustee Mitch Lyons called on Simon to resign Saturday night, a day after the Board of Trustees as a whole publicly backed Simon in the wake of calls for her resignation due to how her administration handled the fallout from Nassar, the disgraced former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics doctor.
Nassar pleaded guilty to 10 counts of criminal sexual conduct in November. More than 150 women have accused him of sexual assault, many saying he abused them when they saw him for medical treatment on Michigan State’s campus.
Thanks to a seven-game winning streak, the Wolfpack (18-3, 7-0 Mountain West) are back in The Associated Press Top 25 for a second time this season coming in at No. 23.
The Cowboys (12-7, 3-3) are feeling good after beating Utah State on Saturday for their first road win since Nov. 13, and their first win in Logan, Utah, since 1971.
The two teams hope to keep the party going when they meet on Wednesday night at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie.
Musselman expects the Cowboys to push the pace just like in the first meeting when they scored 50 points in the second half.
We want to run with them but we have to do a better job with our transition defense and not let them live at the free throw line, he said. We have to keep Lou Adams and (Justin) James in front of us.