Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is still refusing to enlighten the public on the details surrounding his university's handling of previous allegations of sexual and physical assault. The embroiled Hall of Famer was asked for the third time in five days Wednesday about the scandal ensnaring his program and his university. Izzo offered little new information following the Spartans' 76-68 home victory over Penn State. And though he didn't divulge much, he again failed to improve his situation. Here's how. Near the end of Izzo's press conference, after a few similar questions were posed to him about why he's choosing not to speak out and if he's being advised or counseled toward that, Izzo insinuated it was more or less up to him what he wants to say. "I don't know if I can't," Izzo said after he was asked if he has been advised not to say anything. "I can do whatever I want to do. But I just don't think it's the right time right now, and again, I apologize but I'm just going to stick to that." That's a twist on preconceived notions. While lawyers have almost certainly gotten in Izzo's ear, if we're to take him at his word, then there might well not be a script for Izzo to go off of after all. And if it's in Izzo's control to say what he wants, then how must it feel for the victims and their families to hear him shake off questions about the public's concern of Michigan State's protocol when it came to previous issues of student well-being? Izzo has continually expressed his support for the victims but he has yet to express regret over the way he, his program or his department might have dealt with sexual and physical assault. He has said he cooperated with every investigation, and will continue to do so, but for many, Izzo's words have fallen well short. If Izzo believes there is nothing to apologize for, he has not said that yet either, and that is why he and the media are at an impasse.
Michigan State scandal: Tom Izzo choosing to stay silent doesn't help the issue
CBS Sports | Feb 1