Bogus Izzo Retirement Rumor Started By Adrian Wojnarowski Twitter Imposter
Rumors surfaced Friday afternoon that MSU Men's Basketball head coach Tom Izzo and Football head coach Mark Dantonio would retire following an unflattering ESPN Outside the Lines article.
So far, there has been no evidence to suggest that this is true.
The Twitter-sphere blew up when the following tweet from Barstool Spartans gained traction.
Over the following hours, several sports outlets began commenting on the speculative story. Others questioned where the source behind this information lay.
According to Twitter Account Freezing Cold Takes, the story gained more traction when a fake account claiming to represent ESPN basketball analyst Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted the following:
These latest rumors come at a time when the Spartan community is increasingly anxious to see institutional changes after several failures in handling disgraced former doctor Larry Nassar.
MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon and Athletic Director Mark Hollis both have tendered their resignation as part of the fall out.
OTL reporters Paula Lavigne and Nicole Noren released a bombshell article alleging mishandling of sexual assault investigations by the university specifically involving its football and basketball programs.