From William C. Rhoden of the New York Times: “Last week, I asked Tom Izzo, the basketball coach at Michigan State, if he thought a highly talented, highly athletic team of white players would be viewed differently. “I want to answer that as honestly as I can,” Izzo said. “I think it would be different. I hate to say that.” The perception is that these five black players are not serious students and don’t belong at the university. If they were white, there would be more acceptance that they belong at the university.