From a Mike Rothstein article in annarbor.com:
When Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo was forced to sit out Sunday’s game against Prairie View A&M due to a one-game suspension stemming from a secondary NCAA violation, Michigan coach John Beilein took notice.
The head of the NCAA’s ethics committee, he didn’t seem surprised that a coach, any coach, got caught in the ever-changing NCAA rulebook.
Izzo was suspended because one of the counselors at a basketball camp this year was associated with a potential prospect. In years past, that was not an NCAA violation, but the rule changed earlier this year and is a point of focus with the NCAA.
“I’m sure it was an inadvertent error, and that’s going to happen,” Beilein said. “There’s things changing with the NCAA so often, and in a good way but someone is going to get caught in those things, because the changes happen so quickly sometimes and what was a normal thing changes.
“I’m sure that is what happened up there.”
This is unsurprising to me. Beilein is a good guy; and he has something of a professional interest in the Izzo case, by virtue of his official position with an NCAA basketball ethics committee.
Can anyone imagine Izzo, saying the same about Beilein, if the positions were reversed? I can, sort of. Izzo's not a bad guy; I wouldn't expect it of Izzo, necessarily, and more than anything I'd a expect that somebody as smart and as competitive as Tom Izzo might just elect to say, "No comment." But I wouldn't be shocked, if Izzo stood up for his rival.
Then, we might consider the football situation. Who would stand up and be counted, if, for instance, a Michigan head football coach were accused of some silly NCAA minutiae, particularly when it turned out that the NCAA investigation followed a really screwed-up and false account in the press? Would anybody do that? Stand up for a rival coach?
Well, we actually sort of have an answer to that. There were two mildly "stand-up" guys. Jim Tressel, and Tim Brewster. NOT Mark Dantonio.
Naturally, the larger spin here seems to be: See? Even Michigan's coach agrees that Izzo's okay, and we can all have a good laugh about the Izzo suspension... MSU basketball wasn't "cheating." Michigan football, on the other hand, was "cheating."