Michigan State’s interim president sounded off on ESPN.
Michigan State has had a rough start to 2018, with the Larry Nassar scandal resulting in not only a black eye on the institution but the resignation of key administrators. President Lou Anna Simon stepped down, while athletic director Mark Hollis retired.
Additionally, an ESPN “Outside the Lines” report alleged that MSU head football coach Mark Dantonio and Tom Izzo mishandled and covered up sexual assault allegations within their programs. Both coaches are still employed and don’t appear to be in any danger of losing their jobs.
Today, Michigan State’s interim president John Engler issued a strong response to the article, in which he called out ESPN for “a sensationalized package of reporting.” It was part of a letter Engler wrote to the MSU community.
It appears that Engler took exception to ESPN lumping Izzo and Dantonio in with Nassar, including using a split-screen image of the three men on television.
“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 coach and men’s basketball coach with Larry Nassar. This was a sensationalized package of reporting that contained allegation 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.”
Engler’s full letter can be found below.
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 was the Governor of Michigan from 1991-2003. He took over at the beginning of the month when Simon stepped down.
The 69-year-old Engler is a Michigan State alum.