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Tom Izzo, True to His Rant, Goes Through Handshake Line After Getting Butt Kicked By Iowa

Stephen Douglas

Iowa beat Michigan State on Tuesday night, 86-60. Both teams emptied their benches in the second half and no unwritten rules were broken, which made it easy for Spartans coach Tom Izzo to prove what he meant the night before when he said that his teams would continue with the handshake line no matter how badly they had their butts kicked.

Asked about the idea of doing away with the handshake line on Sunday night in the wake of the Juwon Howard fiasco, Izzo went on a rant about how 18-year olds players were being taught that it's OK to do something else if they aren't happy and that the handshake line is the obvious extension of this.

"We’ve already taught these poor 18-year-olds that when you know you’re told to go to class and you don’t like it, you can leave. We’ve already told these kids that if you’re not happy, you can do something else. We’ve already told these kids that it’s hard to hold them accountable, and now we’re going to tell them to not man up and walk down a line on someone who’s kicked your... butt and have enough class to shake their hand, is utterly ridiculous."

Izzo went on to say that if another team didn't want to shake hands then you would see Izzo and 15 Michigan State players shaking air. On Tuesday night Izzo proved at least part of his pro-handshake rant was serious as he led the Spartans through the handshake line after Iowa kicked their butt.