Michigan State interim president John Engler released a statement Tuesday addressing both the fallout from the Larry Nassar scandal and ESPN’s Outside the Lines report in January about the Spartans’ athletic program.
Engler did not hold back when referencing the ESPN report, calling it a “sensationalized package of reporting.” On Jan. 26, ESPN released a story detailing a widespread culture of mismanaged assault allegations inside the Michigan State athletic program, including by football coach Mark Dantonio and men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo. The report came in the wake of one of Nassar’s sentencing hearings, and both stories garnered national media attention.
In the statement, Engler said that the university is reviewing “allegations and insinuations” from the report. He also noted that Dantonio and Izzo have been asked to “refrain from comment” while the school is in the reviewing process.
Here’s part of Engler’s statement:
I viewed with great concern a recent ESPN report that gathered considerable national attention in no small part because it showed a promotional graphic of our head football and men’s basketball coaches with Larry Nassar. This was a sensationalized package of reporting that contained allegations and insinuations that we are now reviewing. The coaches were asked to refrain from comment while the reports were examined. That has been a burden that must be lifted. I hope that MSU can soon respond in full and affirm the integrity and probity that has been the hallmark of these two respected coaches.
His full statement can be read here:
Michigan State interim president John Engler issues statement on ESPN report, Nassar case
MSU Interim President John Engler has issued an update to the MSU community which, in part, responds to the ESPN report. Full statement: pic.twitter.com/tQ1d0UKFgf
— Zach Berridge (@ZachBerridge) February 13, 2018
Engler, the former governor of Michigan, took over as university president after Lou Anna Simon resigned in the wake of the Nassar scandal.