Question: You’re one of the cleanest programs in America, you yourself personally, the way you run your program. Can’t argue that fact one bit. Does there come a time, Tom, because scheduling Michigan State, no matter what school you are, is a big deal, where you begin to look at programs that systematically cheat and say, no, I’m not scheduling them anymore. I’m not going to let them have a Michigan State, knowing they very well could have cheated to get players that could have been here?
MICHIGAN STATE COACH TOM IZZO: “You know what, I don’t think I’ll ever get to that point honestly. And the reason I’ll never get to that point is I think I know what goes on. Sometimes I know firsthand, but as I learned last year, there’s a lot of things that are second, third, and fourth hand. So who am I to condemn? Who am I to — I just got to the point about five years ago there’s certain schools that I’ll recruit against, and there’s certain schools that call it I’ll give in or I’ll bail out. For the most part, there’s a lot of schools out there doing things the right way. Our league’s got a ton of them.
“And I’m going to just do my job. I’ve learned a lot, and one thing that I really learned is when you get up on the top or you get up where you’re pretty good all the time, a lot of people taking shots at you. And maybe that’s the same for those programs. So I’m going to still play anybody, any place, any time. I might recruit a little different against the schools, but it wouldn’t stop me from playing anybody.
“The NCAA at the end of the year doesn’t say you can’t play this school or you can’t play that. I’m going to play anybody. And remember that there’s a lot of schools that are doing it the right way, and if there’s some that aren’t, then they can live with it.”