Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo wasn’t holding back following Tuesday’s win over Ohio State.
During his postgame press conference, Izzo went after ESPN’s Dan Dakich, who had created a stir among the Spartan faithful for calling the fans “whiny” and “dumb.” Dakich had tweeted Michigan State fans couldn’t get into Michigan, before deleting the tweet.
But the Spartans fans remembered and the student section turned that into a “We hate Dakich” chant during the game.
Once Izzo found out why the fan base was irked with Dakich, he sounded off.
“I’ve got to be honest with you, I was kind of getting upset with the chants of Dakich until I got in the locker room, and I asked what was that all about?” Izzo said. “Somebody read me his tweets. Social media. And if I would have known that before the game, I would have embarrassed myself almost as much as he embarrassed himself and I would have led the chants because calling us whiners and all that is kind of unprofessional.”
Izzo also commented on Dakich’s son playing for Michigan, before demanding an apology.
“That is a disappointment and that is ridiculous and I think it’s funny because I’ve got no respect for him for that. You can read it, you can tweet it, you can do whatever you want with it. But Twitter got him in trouble, and I’m surprised ESPN would let somebody say something like that that works for them,” Izzo said.
“Danny owes our fans and our students an apology. And I probably won’t get it. I’ve always gotten along with Dan, but as you know, it seems like this year a lot of people have been mad at me, but I would have loved to get in that Izzone and joined those chants if I was on Twitter. Thank God, I’m not. Thank God some of my friends are.”
Michigan State will look to build on its current two-game winning streak Saturday, Feb. 18 when the team travels to face Purdue.