Travis Walton, the former Michigan State guard who worked as a Spartans undergraduate assistant in 2010, lived in Coach Tom Izzo’s basement that season, according to limaohio.com’s Bob Seggerson. Walton was allowed to remain with the team after being accused of punching a female Michigan State student in the face, but was later dismissed after accusations of sexual assault.
After Michigan State’s win at Maryland on Sunday, Izzo said he couldn’t recall why Walton left the program.
“To be honest with you I don’t remember why he left. I know he went to Europe to play, and as you know, I’ll still say I’ll cooperate with any investigation. I did it then, I did it before, and I’m not going to answer any questions that aren’t pertaining to either basketball or are pertaining to any things I’m not going to talk about right now.”
Walton returned to Michigan State after his playing career ended in 2009. An arrest warrant was issued for Walton for assault and battery after he allegedly punched a female student in the face, according to a report from ESPN’s Outside the Lines, but the charges were later dropped. He was then removed from the team after being named in a sexual assault report as having raped a different female student with two Michigan State basketball players.
Following the ESPN report, Walton was put on administrative leave by the Los Angles Clippers. Walton is an assistant coach for the Clippers’ G-League affiliate, the Agua Caliente Clippers.