Michigan State has found itself in hot water once again. This time, it is surrounding the NCAA corruption probe that was highlighted in an article by Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde and Pete Thamel released on Friday morning.
The piece, which is based on federal documents relating to the FBI investigation into college basketball, notes that at least 25 players from 20 programs have been given impermissible benefits over the last few years from the sports agency ASM Sports.
While no Michigan State players were listed in the article, the mother of Spartans guard Miles Bridges, Cynthia, was part of the focus. The article states that she reportedly received hundreds of dollars in advances from Christian Dawkins, who was an associate of Andy Miller, the founder and president of ASM Sports.
Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo released a statement Friday afternoon, denying any wrongdoing, according to a report from the Detroit Free Press’s Chris Solari.
“While we will cooperate with any and all investigations,” Izzo said, “we have no reason to believe that I, any member of our staff or student-athlete did anything in violation of NCAA rules.”
According to NCAA rules, players or their family members are prohibited from receiving benefits from agents.
Bill Beekman, Michigan State’s interim athletic director, also released a statement that was included in Solari’s report, echoing Izzo’s statement.
“MSU is committed to a culture of NCAA compliance,” Beekman said. “We have proactively contacted the NCAA and Big Ten Conference. As Coach Izzo has stated, there is no evidence that he or anyone in his program, including student-athletes, did anything impermissible.”
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