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Tom Izzo, Mark Dantonio react to new NCAA enforcement structure

Michigan State coaches Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio have mixed reactions to new NCAA enforcement structure.


The NCAA recently announced new enforcement regulations that can result in head coaches being punished for the actions of both players and members of their staff.

Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo appeared on the ESPNU College Basketball Podcast and implied that although he understands and will live with the rule, he's not convinced the NCAA is in touch with the types of problems coaching staffs deal with.

"I would never blame my assistant and hide behind that because he should know what he's doing," Izzo told ESPN's Andy Katz, Seth Greenberg and Flip Saunders. "If somebody went completely off the wall and we get nailed for it, I guess I have a little problem with that, too. I'll accept it because we all got to honor the people we work for. But I wish in the NCAA, those people that are making decisions would come down to the basement once in a while and deal with what we deal with, and I think then we'd all be better off."

Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio also said he understood the role, while also expressing that it's hard for a head coach to know everything that is going on at all times.

"I think the head coach should have some responsibility in there," Dantonio told MLive's Diamond Leung. "Obviously you're not there all the time. You have to have a staff that's going to follow your direction. Obviously if the coaches don't follow your direction, that's out of your hands. I don't know what you can do about that."