Board Poll: Predict MSU Fallout

Submitted by UNCWolverine on February 23rd, 2018 at 12:32 PM

A. Bridges will play out the rest of the season. Izzo will claim, “Yahoo said they were done, but we weren’t finished yet”. Business as usual in EL, nothing to see here.

B. MSU will sit Bridges for the rest of the year.

C. Emmert will sit all players named in order to avoid having this news overshadow March Madness.

D. Other, please show your work

I could actually see C happen. History indicates that the NCAA comes down much harder on individual players while protecting cash cow programs and coaches. Imagine the firestorm if teams implicated (Bridges/MSU, Carter/Dook, etc.) make deep tournament runs. It seems like it would be in Emmert’s best interest to avoid that by sitting these players immediately.

What say you?



February 23rd, 2018 at 9:09 PM ^

It is true that Bush was never found to have personally accepted impermissable benefits. But nor is he believed to have been innocent. Once USC was found guilty of LOIC, Bush had graduated, voluntarily relinquished the heisman. and been in the pros for almost five years. At that point there was no reason to pursue him any further. 

After the fact, there was a bunch of litigation against the NCAA after which they were found to have acted maliciously against some of the USC staff. Complicated.


February 23rd, 2018 at 12:36 PM ^

Absolutely nothing will happen.  It will not even get a mention in any March Madness coverage.  Local media will rationalize that "this happens everywhere" and that MSU is being unfairly targeted.


February 23rd, 2018 at 12:40 PM ^

This is what I expect too. I think MSU has learned from others who have gone before them that sitting by and doing nothing is just about the best thing any program can do in this situation. I do expect it to be discussed at least a little in the tournament, but it will be in the context of Bridges' heroic comeback story after being bullied by the media.


February 23rd, 2018 at 12:34 PM ^

I'd predict 2-3 game suspensions for the big names that took under $1000 (Bridges) being served before the tournament starts.  After the season, wins with ineligle players will be vacated.

Will be interesting to hear Izzo's explanation for why they bought Izzo lunch.

Mr Miggle

February 23rd, 2018 at 1:19 PM ^

There's very little to lose by sitting him. They can say they're investigating. If they're not idiots, they'll be looking for guidance from the NCAA. If a short suspension is going to be the penalty, as it usually is, take it now. Otherwise you're leaving it completely in the NCAA's hands. It's too late for MSU to claim ignorance.


February 23rd, 2018 at 12:36 PM ^

What will happen?  I'll take "fuck-all" for $2000, Alex.  The NCAA won't do shit because they never do shit and even when they do, they do it slowly.  MSU won't do shit because they have a circle-the-wagons mentality and a complete, unshakable conviction that Izzo is a shining beacon of all that is good and right with college basketball.

Five years from now, maybe some accomplishments will be vacated.

You Only Live Twice

February 23rd, 2018 at 1:20 PM ^

since the NCAA has shown no interest in doing anything before.  However this is a national not regional story now..  and Emmert has the embarrassment of the Feds forcing his hand. NCAA has to do something after issuing a statement that there is a systemic problem with college BB.  Otherwise Emmert is stating that he can't do his job.


February 23rd, 2018 at 1:41 PM ^

Eh, they're still a bureaucracy and therefore they move at the pace of one.  And even when presented with incontrovertible evidence, they under-penalize.  This isn't the first scandal where people have assumed the NCAA will now finally have to do something, but if they react swiftly and decisively it would be the first where the NCAA's eventual action wasn't a complete disappointment.


February 23rd, 2018 at 12:45 PM ^

Wonder if this could end up being a blessing in disguise for Izzo. He can retire at the end of this year claiming he doesn't want to deal with the NCAA about minor infractions like this (if this is all that comes out), he made a mistake, etc. Then his retirement won't be treated as an admission of guilt about the sexual assault stuff.


February 23rd, 2018 at 12:40 PM ^

‘I want to talk, but now is not the time. I am just going to focus on the survivors and coach my team.”

This may be his last great shot for a final four banner or championship. He would rather go win it now and have to forfeit it, than take any other option.


February 23rd, 2018 at 12:41 PM ^

D. John Engler will give Izzo and Dantonio verbal reach-arounds for their Godlike ethical superiority, but at the same time insist that Bridges sit the rest of the year because of the heat placed on MSU due to Nasser (who was only marginally related to MSU) and ESPN and Yahoo's crusade to destroy MSU for no good reason whatsoever... 


February 23rd, 2018 at 12:44 PM ^

A. Nothing happens. If they sit him for even 1 half, that would be an admission of guilt. Their gameplan will be the same as always -- deny, deny, deny. 


February 23rd, 2018 at 12:45 PM ^

The NCAA will catapult each and every violator into the sun. No deserving program will go unpunished. Scorched earth plan to prove once and for all the NCAA is about fairness and doing what needs to be done to protect the sanctity...... oh who the hell am I kidding?

For the correct answer, see MaizeandBlueWahoo’s response

TL;DR ..... Fuck all