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Stephen A. Smith Thinks It's "Ridiculous" People Are Upset With Tom Izzo

michigan state head coach tom izzo during a game

DES MOINES, IOWA - MARCH 21: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans glares at Aaron Henry #11 after a play during their game in the First Round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament against the Bradley Braves at Wells Fargo Arena on March 21, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

During Michigan State's opening round victory over Bradley, head coach Tom Izzo got a bit heated with freshman forward Aaron Henry. In the aftermath, Izzo's actions have been dissected by virtually every college basketball analyst out there.

Some - like Skip Bayless - have been critical, suggesting Izzo should learn to control himself better. Others - like Stephen A. Smith - don't think the whole thing was a big deal at all.

On First Take Friday morning, Smith gave a passionate defense of Izzo. He essentially called anyone who takes issue with Izzo's actions "soft."

Here's what he had to say when he was asked if he had a problem with what he saw from Izzo:

"Zero. The problem with it is people who have a problem with it. This is ridiculous. Listen, Cottonelle tissue. I need to invest some money in Cottonelle tissue stock, I'll tell you right now. As soft as this nation has become, it's really, really annoyed me.

...the fact of the matter is that Tom Izzo is the coach. You know what you're getting when you go to Michigan State. Now if he hit the kid? That would be different."

Here's video of the entire segment:

It's too bad Bayless isn't still part of First Take. The two would surely have had a civil debate about the whole thing.

Regardless, Izzo and the Spartans are moving on to take on Minnesota in the second round. The game will be played Saturday.