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Posted on: November 23, 2010 12:08 pm

Good night of college hoops on tap

Tonight should be a great night to settle in and watch hoops on television.

I'll be flying to Orlando for the Old Spice Classic.

So hopefully my flight has reliable WiFi.

Either way, here's what's on tap:
  • No. 2 Michigan State vs. Connecticut in Maui at 7 ET
  • No. 3 Ohio State vs. Morehead State at 7 ET
  • No. 8 Kentucky vs. No. 13 Washington in Maui at 9:30 ET
  • No. 1 Duke vs. No. 4 Kansas State in Kansas City at 10 ET
That's two Hall of Fame coaches (Tom Izzo and Jim Calhoun) meeting in the first game, two elite big men (Jared Sullinger and Kenneth Faried) battling in the second game, two former teammates (Terrence Jones and Terrence Ross) competing in the third game, and two top five teams (the Blue Devils and Wildcats) squaring off in the fourth game. It's not bad for a Tuesday in November. Or any day in any month, really.
Posted on: October 28, 2010 9:16 am

No surprise in Big Ten media poll

The Big Ten announced Thursday that media members who cover the league have voted Michigan State as the preseason favorite and MSU point guard Kalin Lucas as the Player of the Year. My ballot would've featured Michigan State as the favorite and Ohio State freshman Jared Sullinger as the Player of the Year. But Lucas -- a veteran from a team that's made two straight Final Fours -- is certainly the more conventional pick for Player of the Year. So the announcement doesn't really come as a surprise.

Worth noting: Ohio State was picked second, Purdue third.

So the Big Ten media only dropped the Boilermakers one spot because of Robbie Hummel's injury.

Again, it's not what I'd do.

But it's certainly a reasonable way to vote.
Posted on: September 16, 2010 8:14 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2010 8:15 pm

Izzo, Wright, Calhoun at NY clinic on Friday

Howard Garfinkel's third annual "Clinic to End All Clinics" is scheduled for Friday at Manhattan College with a first-class list of speakers -- among them Connecticut's Jim Calhoun, Villanova's Jay Wright and Michigan State's Tom Izzo. Former NBA coach Lawrence Frank and Rutgers' C. Vivian Stringer are also scheduled to speak.

The clinic runs from 9 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. at Draddy Gymnasium.

Registration is $150 and lunch will be catered by the Carnegie Deli -- where (and this has nothing to do with anything) I once sat a table with Garfinkel, Manhattan coach Barry "Slice" Rohrssen, and Hall of Famer Bob Knight, and I watched them order a plate of bacon for dessert. Seriously. Bacon for dessert. Seemed crazy, but maybe I'm missing something.

(I just ordered cheesecake.)

Anyway, for more information call Garfinkel at 212-246-3063 or 646-275-9818.

In all seriousness, this is a really nice basketball event.
Posted on: August 9, 2010 2:25 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2010 2:25 pm

Source: Former Spartan Allen visiting Iowa State

Former Michigan State guard Chris Allen arrived at Iowa State on Monday to conduct a visit as he prepares to enroll at a new school, a source told

Allen was removed from the Spartans last week after he "failed to meet all obligations" necessary to be a member of the team. The 6-foot-3 guard from Georgia averaged 8.3 points at Michigan State last season. If he enrolls at a Division I institution, Allen will sit out this season per NCAA transfer rules and play one season at his new school in 2011-12.

Allen is also considering South Florida, Baylor and a number of other schools.
Posted on: August 3, 2010 6:39 pm

Allen not returning to Michigan State

Chris Allen will not return to Michigan State for the 2010-11 season, Spartans coach Tom Izzo announced Tuesday.

"It’s been no secret that Chris Allen’s been in a tenuous position since the spring," Izzo said. "There were multiple obligations that Chris had to meet in order to return for his senior season. While he did make progress through the summer, he has failed to meet all the obligations and will not be a part of our program this fall. I know he’s going to be a great player. He deserves another chance to play basketball somewhere, but it’s in everyone’s interest that it be somewhere other than Michigan State. Like every player, he has to mature a little bit. I think a year away from the game will be beneficial for his development as a person and a player."

Allen is a 6-foot-3 guard who averaged 8.2 points and 2.0 assists last season.

He still has one year of eligibilty remaining.

"Coach was straight-forward with me about what I needed to do to remain a part of the team. Unfortunately, I didn’t meet all the obligations," Allen said. "I have enjoyed my time at Michigan State and I appreciate all the support from my fans, and everyone associated with the program. It’s unfortunate things didn’t work out, but I’m leaving on good terms with my teammates and coaches."
Posted on: June 16, 2010 1:28 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2010 1:29 pm

Izzo's decision to stay = good for hoop writers

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.
Posted on: June 14, 2010 9:23 am
Edited on: June 14, 2010 9:27 am

Izzo at youth camp, still mulling Cavs offer

Tom Izzo arrived at the Breslin Center to work his youth basketball camp Monday morning, giving hope to the Michigan State fans who want their 55-year-old coach to reject an offer worth about $6 million annually from the Cavaliers.

"He is at camp," a source close to Izzo told "He wouldn't disappoint his campers."

Izzo has been mulling an offer from Cleveland for more than a week. Most industry sources believe he would've already accepted if he knew LeBron James would be on the roster. But the uncertainty surrounding James -- who becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1 -- combined with the not-so-appealing task of rebuilding Cleveland without its two-time NBA Most Valuable Player has Izzo hesitant to pull the trigger, which could lead to him remaining at Michigan State and coaching a team ranked No. 1 in the preseason Top 25 (and one) is both the smartest and safest play.

There is no timetable for a decision.

Izzo has made six Finals Fours in the past 12 years at Michigan State.
Posted on: June 13, 2010 10:46 am
Edited on: June 13, 2010 10:51 am

Izzo still gathering info, struggling internally

Tom Izzo, now three days removed from his visit to Cleveland, continues to struggle with the career-altering choice facing him and hasn't decided whether to leave Michigan State, a basketball source told on Sunday.

There remains no timetable for a decision despite reports to the contrary.

It could genuinely come at any time.

Most industry sources believe Izzo would've already accepted an offer worth about $6 million annually to coach the Cavs if he knew LeBron James would be on the roster. But the uncertainty surrounding James -- who becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1 -- combined with the not-so-appealing task of rebuilding Cleveland without its two-time NBA Most Valuable Player has Izzo hesitant to pull the trigger, which could lead to him concluding that remaining at Michigan State and coaching a team ranked No. 1 in the preseason Top 25 (and one) is both the smartest and safest play.

Or not.

The point is that this remains unclear and undecided.

In that way, it's much like the future of college athletics in general.
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