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Jemele Hill Pens Column About Tom Izzo

Jemele Hill speaks on ESPN's SportsCenter.

The Michigan State alum called it the most-difficult thing she's ever had to write.

Jemele Hill is a Michigan State alum. She calls Tom Izzo a friend.

Naturally, the ESPN personality doesn't feel great about the scandal surrounding the Spartans' athletic program right now. ESPN's Outside The Lines dropped a bombshell report on Michigan State's alleged problems with the handling of sexual assault allegations last week.

Hill has penned a column for The Undefeated, her new home at ESPN. (She's leaving SportsCenter at the end of the week.)

The Spartan called it one of the most-difficult things she's ever had to write. She revealed in the column that she texted Izzo earlier this week.

I exchanged text messages with Izzo on Monday because I was selfishly hoping for something — anything — that might give me more clarity.

Izzo declined to elaborate beyond what he’d already said to Thompson. He texted: “I’ve always appreciated our friendship, yet I understand you have a job to do. Someday I will be able to talk. I am sorry.”

I believe real friendship is the ability to tell a friend something she doesn’t necessarily want to hear. And Izzo’s response just isn’t good enough.

She's right. Izzo's response to the allegations hasn't been good enough so far.

Izzo has said he's cooperated with all of the investigations and will continue to do so. However, he's refused to give any details about what he's exactly done and what he knew. For most - including Hill - that's not acceptable.

Maybe that will change going forward, but for now, Izzo's response is rightfully being criticized. You can read Hill's full column here.