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Report: Oregon ready to throw a bundle at Izzo

Posted on: March 29, 2010 11:50 am
A television report out of Oregon says that the Ducks are preparing to make Tom Izzo the highest-paid coach in college basketball.

If nothing else, Oregon is sending a message that it is willing to pay top dollar. Obviously, Phil Knight and his millions are invovled. It's unlikely that Izzo will go because he hasn't yet. That's one of his strong points over the years. There has long been speculation that East Lansing couldn't hold him, but Izzo has stayed loyal. He's the anti-Calipari, if you will. That's why, in the words of a sign held up Sunday in St. Louis, "Izzo is the Shizzo".

The basketball hire is the next step in Oregon establishing national programs in both major sports. Mike Bellotti got football there. Chip Kelly, even with the recent suspensions, looks like he is ready to carry it to the next level. Whoever walks into the basketball situation will have some work to do but lack of financing and support won't be excuses.

Remember, I said "national programs", not "national powers." Football is close but needs to compete for, and win, more BCS bowls. Basketball awaits its future. Hmm, wonder what kind of shoes they'll wear?

Category: NCAAB

Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2010 9:07 am

Dodd: The TMZ of CBSSportsline

Got the rumors down now, Dodd. When do we see photos of Izzo and Tubby coming out of clubs?

Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2010 9:04 am

Report: Oregon ready to throw a bundle at Izzo

So from what I hear Oregon hired a search firm for 100k to help them in their coaching search.  They came back with Tom Izzo, Coach K, and Roy Williams... where can I get that gig?  I could give them a list of great coaches they have no shot of getting and I will even do it for half the price.

Can you get any of them on the phone? Know their families? Know what would make them move? Know what it would take to get their wives/kids to relocate? Sick mom they need to move? Will any of them call you back when you call them?

The university knows those guys, too, and could save $100k if they could do the job themselves.

It takes years of executive search to play in that field. It's like that old Picasso story. He's in a restaurant and a woman asks him to scribble a small drawing on a napkin. Picasso takes the napkin and presents it to her five seconds later. "That'll be one million dollars." "One million dollars?" she asks. "How? It took you five seconds." "No,"says Picasso."It took me a lifetime to reach the point where I could draw that in five seconds." ... Or something like that. Probably not true, but the point is, NO WAY ON EARTH could you step in and do that job.

$100k is really cheap for working at that level.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2010 3:56 am

Dodd...again GREAT reporting.

Hope you can detect the sarcasm. Maybe you should check your facts a little more before you make yourself out to be another reader-hungry rumor spreader. No way has Oregon offered or even talked to Izzo. He states Oregon hasn't even contacted him, and the athletic department stated there was no truth in the rumors going around.

Maybe nobody takes you seriously because your ineptitude at posting facts, just rumors and mindless opinions.

Oregon just built the nicest basketball stadium in the whole country using state bonds they will have to pay back. 12,000 fans need to fill it after Kent's lame-duck coaching couldn't even sell out the smaller stadium. Oregon will go for a big name to fill seats...but there's no way they would even think about contacting Tom Izzo when his team is on the verge of a national championship. This is just more media-born hoopla surrounding the Oregon Ducks. I'm sure everyone here would love Izzo to coach..but he has something great going on there at MSU. I'd feel horrible taking that away just because the swoosh throws a big figure at him.

I'd love to see Jamie Dixon. Since Mark Turgeon is staying at Texas A&M, that has to be the next choice. That, or the Butler head coach. Even St. Mary's coach Randy Bennett will be a great fall-back plan. We'll see how it plays out AFTER THE SEASON IS OVER!

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: March 29, 2010 10:42 pm

Report: Oregon ready to throw a bundle at Izzo

True story! Izzo isn't going anywhere! He has been at Michigan State for too many years to walk away now. They are so close to winning another national championship, heck maybe even this year they will get it done! Izzo stays at Michigan State, end of story!

Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2010 9:21 pm

Report: Oregon ready to throw a bundle at Izzo

The offer from Oregon is more of a job posting than it is an attempt to lure Izzo away from MSU.

Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2010 5:46 pm

Report: Oregon ready to throw a bundle at Izzo

The only way Izzo leaves MSU is if the Detroit Pistons come calling. And even then he still might not leave.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2010 5:42 pm

Report: Oregon ready to throw a bundle at Izzo

Now .... THAT .... is funny!

Since: Nov 22, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2010 5:25 pm

Report: Oregon ready to throw a bundle at Izzo

If Oregon wants to make a huge splash, why not go after Brad Stevens at Butler.  He's 33 and although he has been involved in Butler basketball for 10 years now, it may be possible to lure him out to Eugene before he becomes a lifer at Butler.

Since: Mar 29, 2010
Posted on: March 29, 2010 5:13 pm

Report: Oregon ready to throw a bundle at Izzo

That Sign "IZZO IZ THE SHIZZO" was made by my twin brother and i... i am looking for pics of it online i wish i could find a few?

Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2010 3:21 pm

Report: Oregon ready to throw a bundle at Izzo

C'mon man...Keeeeep dreaming. I'm not even an MSU fan but where do you think they're practicing over in East Lansing? It's not like they have to share outdoor practice court time with East Lansing Junior High. Plus, this humble Yooper (Upper Peninsula native for you out-of staters) has more money than he really knows what to do with.

Give up his dream job as the King of MSU, as well as all of his social life and friendships, for half a million dollars? Get, it's not like he's won multiple championships. The challenge is still there. It's fun to be excited about hiring a new coach, but let's get real and keep our focus on the Final Four people...

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