Michigan State football and basketball committed no violations after investigation into the programs, according to the NCAA.
A black cloud has hung over the Michigan State football and basketball programs over the past year, or so, dating back to an ESPN report which detailed the alleged mishandling of multiple sexual assault cases by Mark Dantonio and Tom Izzo.
That cloud is slowly being lifted and the NCAA made it known on Thursday afternoon that Michigan State committed no serious violations.
It seems like now is a good time for all those who tabbed Dantonio and Izzo as guilty before proven innocent to line up and issue apologies.
Unfortunately, that’s not how things work nowadays. Those who tossed the two head coaches under the bus in the midst of the ugly Larry Nassar mess will look foolish, but will be back-pedaling soon enough.
While the news isn’t good just for making those who doubted the head coaches’ abilities to adequately and cleanly run their programs, but it has to help the public image of Michigan State which has taken a big hit in recent months.
Some national pundits have even chimed in to defend the Spartan coaches. ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit didn’t hold back when giving his opinion on the matter.
A precedent seems to have been set with this clearance. Coaches and programs should no longer fall victim to reporting without all of the facts.
Rest easy, Izzo and Dantonio, you’ve earned this slight break from public scrutiny.