Tom Izzo Discusses Future at Michigan State After Upset Loss to Syracuse

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo argues during the second half of an NCAA men's college basketball tournament second-round game against Syracuse in Detroit, Sunday, March 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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Michigan State coach Tom Izzo told reporters he does not plan to retire after the Spartans’ upset loss to Syracuse on Sunday.

“I don’t plan on going anywhere,” Izzo said. “I’ve got a job to do. I’ve never run from anything in my life. Nothing. I don’t plan on starting now. So, I’ll be here. I took too many bullets this year not to be here. So I’ll be here, and we’ll be back knocking on the door to win a championship. I’m going to make damn sure of that, and I’m going to get the help of my people, my team and my support. I hope I do a better job of handling all the other things.”

The 11th-seeded Orange surprisingly sent home the third-seeded Spartans in a 55-53 grind. Syracuse held Michigan State to just 25.8 percent shooting.

The loss comes after Michigan State came under fire during the Larry Nassar sexual abuse trial. President Lou Anna Simon stepped down and athletic director Mark Hollis retired amid reports of improper handling of sexual abuse allegations against Nassar, a former MSU doctor.

Izzo’s standing at the school came into question following an Outside the Lines report that showed the coach kept an assistant on the staff after he was accused of punching a female student. That staffer was later let go after he was accused of sexual assault.

“It’s been punched and kicked. Some of it was for mistakes that were rightfully so,” Izzo said. “Some of it was not rightfully so. I’m going to sit down with some people, and I’m going to be hopefully part of the solution, not part of the problem. Hopefully, hopefully, they’ll be a lot of people even standing here that will eat their words.”