MSU's Student Newspaper Pens Blistering Editorial, Calls Out Izzo, Dantonio

The fire’s still burning, MSU.

You have started putting it out, but there's still more to go.

Last week, we warned you. We told you your house was burning. We asked you to take a hard look at your leadership. We asked you to put out the fire, starting with our president, and you listened, but it's just the start.

Now, instead of slowly extinguishing the fire, all you’ve done is drench your house in gasoline.

In the week since our call for MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon to resign, ex-MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 175 years, on seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Ingham County. 

The list of those calling for Simon’s resignation grew to include MSU Trustee Mitch Lyons, the Michigan House of Representatives and other state senators, dozens of survivors and Spartans across the nation. The NCAA and the Michigan Attorney General have opened investigations into MSU.

The flames consumed Simon. And the flames are spreading.

Six of the eight trustees stood behind Simon until she resigned. Mark Dantonio, Tom Izzo and Suzy Merchant supported their leader until the end. Mark Hollis’ statement Wednesday about the NCAA investigation lacked even a mention of why it’s investigating.

Mark, Tom, Suzy and Mark: The world is watching and you failed miserably. Just because Simon is gone, doesn't mean we are done. We're still here, watching, waiting for you to step up for the community.

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