Yes, Michigan State basketball defeated Indiana on Friday night, 85-57.
The 28-point victory was a welcoming response to what the Spartans had done in its previous three games. Which, was lose two of them.
But some things just mean more than a single game. What is going on around the Michigan State program and the Larry Nassar scandal is one of those topics that is impacting more lives than what Tom Izzo’s team is doing on a basketball court.
Following the Spartans’ victory over the Hoosiers, Izzo talked about a lot of things, but went in-depth about the Nassar situation.
What Tom Izzo said regarding the Nassar scandal
“It’s been a very difficult week for me. As a father, it’s been a difficult. I listened to the stories of these courageous women. I look at the survivors who spoke, and in all honestly, Nassar permanently damaged and changed the lives of so many people. I think it’s changed the life of all of us at Michigan State in some way, shape or form. As a father, that’s difficult to even fathom. I hope that the right person was convicted. I have to say, though, that I have the utmost faith and respect in the leadership of our president, too, at Michigan State. It’s a woman who dedicated over 40 years, and I’ve been here 33 with her. And I think I know what she stands for. So I hope and pray that those survivors continue to grow in their life. I hope we do everything we can to make sure this will never happen ever again, not only at this institution but any institution, to be honest with you. But it’s been sad days for me in a lot of ways, and I’m going to try to do everything I can to help the survivors and help us grow from this and learn from it and move forward.
“When I talk to you guys about basketball, it’s really easy. I really don’t give a damn if you agree with me or not. But you have to understand that there’s nothing I can say that is gonna be right right now, and there’s nothing that’s gonna make anybody right. I’ll just stick by what I said. The survivors are the most courageous people I can even imagine. I hate when I’m put in a position when I can almost start saying, ‘I know what you’re going through.’ Because I have no clue what they’re going through and never will, and I hope I never find out. But I’ve also just gotta say that that is a situation that I think is being dealt with and has been dealt with. There is no way I could waver on the support for my administration and my president knowing the 35 years I’ve spent here and what she has done for this university, what she’s stood for. Athletics is a small part. For women’s groups, for different groups, I think she’s been a champion. I hope and pray that the survivors get through this, but I also hope that we take a serious look at what we’re doing.”