Oct 28, 2014
Tom Izzo comments on the state of college athletics

Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo hosted his media day conference Tuesday and made some pretty interesting remarks about the state of college athletics.

The last year has been a tumultuous one for colleges, coaches and student-athletes. The University of North Carolina is in the midst of an academic scandal, coaches are under more scrutiny with regard to player injuries and the NCAA grappled with student-athletes over compensation.

“I’m concerned about college athletics right now, if I was to go on a podium and talk about something. I am concerned about it, Izzo said, as reported by Sporting News. “I think we got too many people saying what’s right and wrong …

“I think we’re missing the process here. I don’t know if the playing field is ever going to be level. It’s gotten a little bit out of control. Some of it’s our fault. Make too much money. Some of it is money, money, money. So I worry about where it’s headed. That’s not basketball, that’s college athletics.”

Izzo also believes coaches are expected to do too much.

“But this thing about everybody’s unhappy …” he said. “Now the coach is supposed to be the team doctor. Pretty soon we’re going to have player, coach, reporter. We’re going to coach ourselves and report about ourselves, then we have the whole gambit covered. We’ll be you, me, the player. That’s a bunch of BS, you know. It’s ridiculous.”

It’s hard to blame Izzo for his frustration. Whether it’s academics, concussions or off-the-court transgressions, fingers are always pointed back at the coach, whether it’s warranted or not.

The article’s last quote from Izzo is probably the best.

“If we really truly care about the studentÌ¢‰â‰Û÷athlete, then we better make them as prepared to deal with the next 65 years of his life, as they’re going to live to 85 now. Those 20Ì¢‰â‰Û÷yearÌ¢‰â‰Û÷olds are going to live to 85 or longer. We better be concerned about those next 65, because we kind of concern ourselves with one or two a lot.”

Tom Izzo comments on the state of college athletics

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Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo hosted his media day conference Tuesday and made some pretty interesting remarks about the state of college athletics.

The last year has been a tumultuous one for colleges, coaches and student-athletes. The University of North Carolina is in the midst of an academic scandal, coaches are under more scrutiny with regard to player injuries and the NCAA grappled with student-athletes over compensation.

“I’m concerned about college athletics right now, if I was to go on a podium and talk about something. I am concerned about it, Izzo said, as reported by Sporting News . I think we got too many people saying what’s right and wrong …

“I think we’re missing the process here. I don’t know if the playing field is ever going to be level. It’s gotten a little bit out of control. Some of it’s our fault. Make too much money. Some of it is money, money, money. So I worry about where it’s headed. That’s not basketball, that’s college athletics.”

Izzo also believes coaches are expected to do too much.

“But this thing about everybody’s unhappy …” he said. “Now the coach is supposed to be the team doctor. Pretty soon we’re going to have player, coach, reporter. We’re going to coach ourselves and report about ourselves, then we have the whole gambit covered. We’ll be you, me, the player. That’s a bunch of BS, you know. It’s ridiculous.”

It’s hard to blame Izzo for his frustration. Whether it’s academics, concussions or off-the-court transgressions, fingers are always pointed back at the coach, whether it’s warranted or not.

The article’s last quote from Izzo is probably the best.

“If we really truly care about the studentÌ¢‰â‰Û÷athlete, then we better make them as prepared to deal with the next 65 years of his life, as they’re going to live to 85 now. Those 20Ì¢‰â‰Û÷yearÌ¢‰â‰Û÷olds are going to live to 85 or longer. We better be concerned about those next 65, because we kind of concern ourselves with one or two a lot.”






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