In a report from MLive.com’s Kyle Austin, Michigan State University Men’s Basketball coach was imposed a violation after hosting his high school’s team for a Breslin Center tour and other activities.
Izzo’s hometown high school, the Iron Mountain Mountaineers, were in East Lansing back in March competing in the MHSAA’s State Basketball semifinals when the Hall of Fame coach treated them to a visit.
The Mountaineers went on to lose in controversial fashion in the championship game later that week.
During their visit, the coach agreed to give his alma mater’s team a tour of the Breslin Center and watch the Spartans team practice.
After the tour was over, he had offered to pay the team dinner but the offer was turned over to fellow Iron Mountain alumnus, former football coach Steve Mariucci.
The payment would’ve added another violation if it occurred.
However, just a couple days after the visit, the school reportedly sent in a rules violation report after Izzo mentioned he brought the news in a press conference.
The report was confirmed by the NCAA that it violated a policy about coaches having any contact with potential recruits.
To clarify from the NCAA rulebook, the NCAA has a rule that states the organization allows athletes to tour the school’s facilities if there is not an event happening at the same time.
The tour happened the day prior to the semifinal game, which is not permitted by the NCAA.
Austin stated that Izzo was unaware of the rule and that the school was not recruiting any of the players from Iron Mountain High School at that time.
Penalties were not issued after the self-imposed violation.
Down below are how some people reacted to the NCAA violation.
@NCAA are you serious? Duke pays players and UNC had fake classes and you brush it off, and then you slap a violation on MSU because Izzo gave a tour of the Bres to Iron Mountain. The organization is a joke https://t.co/q9nKUfe4Ew— Name appropriate for TE 302 (@E_REKT) June 12, 2019
The NCAA is a complete joke by now. Couldn't touch UNC for the fake courses & institutional academic fraud that went on for 2 decades, can't seem to touch the obvious pay-for-player scandal, but find Izzo in violation for this? It's time to shred the NCAA's charter & organization— CE Newton (@cnewton_ky) June 12, 2019