Derrick Nix looked contrite to me. And he looked like he hardly wanted to give up his basketball career while addressing the media Thursday at MSU's Breslin Center. It had to be tough on him with a huge gathering of reporters and former players listen to Tom Izzo discuss his difficult situation with the only senior he'll have on this coming season's team.
Nix is reinstated, but he also does not have his entire playing status determined either. That will be decided later when the MSU coaches see how Nix responds to their mandates from here on out through his final senior year. But Nix looks to me like he wants no part of any more problems. I could be wrong, but he does not have a history of legal issues.
In some ways I stood watching the proceedings thinking Nix's issue is a blessing in disguise. No one would have been around to work with and correct him had he been gone from Michigan State and out on his own where maybe no one else would care. He's under strict guidance at this point, but my guess it will help him, like it would any young person, down the road when the consequences are clearly made known. And Tom Izzo has clearly made known to Nix what the consequences and rewards can be regarding his future behavior.