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Izzo's decision to stay = good for hoop writers

Posted on: June 16, 2010 1:28 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2010 1:29 pm

I think I can speak for most college basketball writers when I tell you we're glad Tom Izzo remained at Michigan State.

And it's not just because almost everybody likes him.

Yes, it's true, almost everybody likes Izzo. He's straight-forward, funny, easy to chat with and routinely available. He won't cover for his players when they don't deserve it, and you never get the sense that he's truly trying to spin or mislead you. People respect that. So, absolutely, most college basketball writers like Tom Izzo. But that's not the main reason we're glad he's remaining in college, or at least it's not my main reason.

I'm more selfish in my reasoning.

The reason I'm glad Tom Izzo remained at Michigan State is because the alternative would've set more dominoes in motion, which would've led to more weeks of the coaching carousel that nobody desires. The Michigan State job is a great job, and almost anybody could've been in play for it given the earning potential, natural recruiting base and opportunity to inherit a roster with Final Four experience and potential. I'm not interested in speculating about which way Michigan State would've turned had Izzo left, but it's safe to assume another good program would've lost a coach, at which point that program would've started a coaching search, and then it's July before you know it.

As it is, there's time to take a breath.

For that, I'm appreciative.

Since: Aug 11, 2009
Posted on: June 17, 2010 8:23 pm

Izzo's decision to stay = good for hoop writers


Izzo has spent almost his entire life in the Wolverine State where he is beloved for his great contributions to the sport of basketball.  Obviously, he loves his home state and his success speaks for itself.  The NBA offers big money and is a great temptation for most coaches.  But with that big money comes big headaches.  An even tempered Izzo is not likely to thrive there.  This is not to say he is not up to the challenge. He can well succeed there.  But it would entail dealing with big egos and the politics (for lack of a better term) of pro players and a money hungry league.  Considering his temperament and good sense, no, I honestly feel he is not of the character that would be very happy there. 

Izzo belongs in the NCAA.  After all, that home cooking is something he will never miss as long he stays there.  :)

Since: Jun 16, 2010
Posted on: June 17, 2010 12:25 pm

Izzo's decision to stay = good for hoop writers

Izzo is a good and decent man whose success has been based on hard work, honesty, and consistently doing the right thing.

Translated?  He's boring.  Gimme that ol' grifter Cal everyday of the week and twice on Sunday.


Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: June 16, 2010 7:56 pm

Izzo's decision to stay = good for hoop writers

Also good because I assume sportswriters were being forced to repeat the same column every day after the news broke ("Izzo still deciding" "Izzo still contemplating Cavs" "Izzo still thinking") although nothing had happened. And yet there were the headlines. Every day. That kind of treatment is typically reserved for Brett Favre. Now that this Izzo thing is settled, write us a cover story on the riveting developments at Indiana State! Give the Valley some ink!

Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: June 16, 2010 7:15 pm

Izzo's decision to stay = good for hoop writers

You got a shoutout from Easterwood on the radio show yesterday, Jamammy.

You're making a name for yourself.


Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: June 16, 2010 6:43 pm

Izzo's decision to stay = good for hoop writers

Memphis still isn't doing squat next season, even with a top 3 recruiting. Boy Wonder isn't a good bench coach yet. He needs to cut his teeth a while. Get ready for a disappointing NCAA tourney appearance next year.

Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: June 16, 2010 1:44 pm
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