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Mark Dantonio Addresses ESPN Report, Resignation Rumors

Mark Dantonio speaks to reporters.

Mark Dantonio addressed ESPN's bombshell report on Michigan State's athletic department.

Just over an hour ago, Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio addressed reporters gathered in East Lansing for just over three minutes. Dantonio refuted an earlier report from ESPN, and remained bullish on rumors about his future with the football team.

Earlier Friday afternoon, ESPN Outside the Lines unleashed a bombshell report regarding how Michigan State has been handling sexual assault, violence and gender discrimination complaints in recent years. Investigative reporter Paula Lavigne revealed the issues surrounding Michigan State athletics stem beyond former gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar.

Lavigne's report details a number of incidents involving both head football coach Mark Dantonio and head men's basketball coach Tom Izzo. In the aftermath of the report, some wondered if Dantonio would be able to keep his job.

The report states that since Dantonio took over the program in "2007, at least 16 MSU football players have been accused of sexual assault or violence against women, according to interviews and public records." A few hours after the report published, Dantonio finally addressed the allegations put forth in the report, and whether or not he would remain as the team's head football coach.

"Any accusations of my handling of any complaints of sexual assault individually are completely false,” Dantonio told reporters. “Every incident reported in that article was documented either by police or the Michigan State Title IX office. I’ve always worked with the proper authorities when dealing with sexual assault."

In relation to the rumors that he would step down as the team's head coach, Dantonio had more of the same to say. Dantonio maintained the rumors are "completely false," stating he plans to remain a part of Spartan Nation.

"That is absolutely false. I am here for Spartan nation. I’m here for our football program, and my family, and to look the people in the eye who instigated those reports."

You can watch the full video of Dantonio's press conference here.