Spartan Fans are Disappointed by Coach's Suspension

By: Rachel Thomas Email
By: Rachel Thomas Email

The Spartans took charge on the court, but some fans were upset they are missing the tip of their sword, head coach Tom Izzo.

"He is missed all over. It is my first game in three years and I wanted to see Tom Izzo," said John Horny, who has been a Spartan fan for 77 years.

"He's a gamer. He's a winner. He's not going to want to miss a game and it's not fair to the student athletes that he is," said MSU fan Dave Horny.

Izzo was forced to miss the game as punishment for hiring an individual associated with a prospecive recruit, known as "IAWP" by the NCAA. This person worked and was paid as a basketball camp counselor last summer. an action the NCAA classifies as a secondary violation.

The MSU athletic director Mark Hollis says the IAWP violation was unintentional. Some fans say as the president of the National Association for Basketball Coaches, Tom Izzo should have known better.

"If he's the president of the coaches' association, you'd think he would be up to date on the policies and guidelines the NCAA has," said 45-year fan Scott Virgo.

He should have took more responsibility on that part to make sure it didn't happen seeing as it will make a chain reaction for other coaches to do the same thing," said Spartan fan Paula Maynard.

Some fans are glad the NCAA is cracking down to make sure universities follow recruiting guidelines.

"Definately, you want programs that are clean and run by guidelines. They got to be fair," said Virgo.

"It's a sad day for college basketball when they can do those things to Tom Izzo," said Horny.

Head coach Tom Izzo will be back on the sidelines to take on Texas next week.


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