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Tom Izzo Addresses Allegations Regarding Miles Bridges

Tom Izzo speaking at the podium for Michigan State.

Michigan State won an outright Big Ten regular season title today, beating Wisconsin on the road. After the game, most of the talk was about off-court topics.

Specifically, there were questions regarding MSU star Miles Bridges. Bridges was implicated in the explosive Yahoo report over the weekend, which named more than two dozen players and 20 programs.

According to the report, Bridges' family accepted improper benefits. Included among them was a $400 advance paid to Bridges' mom.

From the Lansing State Journal:

The connection to Bridges’ mom, which doesn’t seem as egregious as the FBI’s other findings, was revealed in Dawkins’ ASM expense report documents from May 3, 2016. The documents were seized by the FBI and obtained by Yahoo, and they included two items involving Cynthia Bridges. Those were:

* “Redwood Lodge. Lunch w/Miles Bridges Parents. $70.05.”

* “ATM Withdrawl: Miles Bridges mom advance. $400”

After today's game, Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo addressed the allegations, saying an internal investigation showed that Bridges' mom never received any money.

Additionally, Izzo said the Spartans didn't find out Bridges would be available today until late in yesterday's practice session. Izzo added that he expects Bridges to be available the rest of the season.

Bridges scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds in today's 68-63 win. He's MSU's best player, so they need him to stay eligible in order to win the Big Ten and NCAA Tournaments.

The 2018 Big Ten Tournament will begin Wednesday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Michigan State is the No. 1 seed.