Tom Izzo ‘upset’ about Big Ten punishment of tunnel fight

EAST LANSING — Tom Izzo made it clear he did not condone or approve of the roles Michigan State football players had in an altercation with two Michigan football players in the tunnel at Michigan Stadium.

But the Hall of Fame basketball coach emphatically disagreed with the Big Ten’s decision to hand MSU the largest fine in conference history Monday.

“Yeah, I’m completely upset about it,” Izzo said shortly after the conference issued a statement on the Oct. 29 football incident. “I think to get $100,000 fine — the suspension of a player is fine, but to get a fine like that and then the other school gets reprimanded, what the hell does ‘reprimanded’ mean?”

Basketball coach Tom Izzo looks on from the sidelines before Michigan State's football game against Youngstown State on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, in East Lansing.

BIG TEN ACTS:Michigan State fined $100,000 by Big Ten for tunnel fight; Michigan reprimanded

THE AFTERMATH:Michigan State reinstates one suspended player; those charged still banned

Almost a month after the altercation that led to charges last week for seven MSU football players, the Big Ten broke its silence on the situation. That included the $100,000 fine that surpassed the $40,000 punishment levied to U-M basketball coach Juwan Howard for hitting a Wisconsin assistant coach in February.

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