Michigan State Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo has some strong feelings about the one-game suspension Penn State’s Pat Chambers received for pushing Nittany Lion guard Myles Dread during a timeout in a loss at Michigan last Thursday.
On Monday — a day after Chambers-less Penn State was routed by Wisconsin (71-52) at the Jordan Center — Izzo addressed the situation at an MSU press conference. FOX66 posted video of his comments on Twitter (see them below).
Izzo, whose sixth-ranked Spartans visit the Jordan Center Sunday, called the suspension handed down by Penn State “a joke” and added “I have a problem” with it and “it made me sick.” He also said the world has become “too soft, too fragile” when it comes to discipline.
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The push came after Dread missed a defensive assignment in the first half of the 68-55 loss to the No. 2 Wolverines in Ann Arbor. Chambers called timeout following the play. When the ESPN telecast returned from break, it showed Chambers yelling at Dread and then pushing him.
Chambers apologized for the shove after the game. Friday, Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour announced the one-game suspension via a press release.
Watching this unfold in East Lansing, Izzo was not pleased. Here is a transcript of what he had to say Monday:
“That was a joke. It was a joke. I hate to say it, (but) if my high school coach pushes my son on something that — we don’t even know what was said, we don’t even know what happened. But if we’re that fragile. I mean, if he punched him, put him in prison.
“But, I mean, I have a problem. … You see the timeouts. I get down on both knees now, genuflect, I say a little prayer and I ask ’em if it’s OK if I can tell them what they did wrong. I’m cool with that, I’m adjusting to the times.
“But do I think a guy should be suspended for (the push)? Put it this way, I talked to some people in high-up positions — ADs and that — lately that didn’t agree with that. God bless if it was Penn State and that’s what they had to do. God bless the Big Ten if that’s what they had to do.
“You asked me a personal question. We’re supposed to discipline human beings. I had an assistant coach, we were talking about the problems of the modern-day kid. His 80-some-year old mother said, ‘We had the same problems when you were a kid, they’re not changed. We had the same problems. It’s just that we had a solution.’
“I said, ‘What was that?’ (She said) the belt. I was part of that. I think the world is too soft, it’s too fragile. There’s too many people that analyze every single thing. I didn’t see it all because it made me sick. But I saw (the shoving) part. I never heard the kid complain about anything, I never heard any parent complain about anything.
“I know one thing: If somebody pushes my kid on something like that — or tries to get his attention because he’s doing something wrong — I’m gonna say ‘Thank you,’ that’s what I’m gonna say.”
Chambers will be back on the bench when Penn State faces Nebraska in Lincoln Thursday. The game tips at 9 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN2.
Chambers will meet the media at the Jordan Center for his weekly press conference Tuesday afternoon. It will be his first appearance before the press since the suspension was announced. We’ll be there to cover it.