Posted on: June 11, 2010 12:35 pm
Edited on: June 11, 2010 12:53 pm
A golf outing scheduled to feature Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, his athletic director and multiple donors was canceled Friday, which added fuel to the belief that Izzo might be close to accepting an offer to be the next head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
"MSU [football] coaches say it doesn't look good," Tweeted Jim Comparoni of SpartanMag.com. Meantime, Izzo sent a text message to the Associated Press around 11:45 a.m. ET to say he remained undecided on his future. There is no timetable for a decision, but a source told CBSSports.com on Friday that Izzo and the Cavs would both like to have this resolved soon, one way or another.
Izzo is mulling an offer believed to be worth around $6 million per year.
He's made six Final Fours in the past 12 seasons at Michigan State and won one national title.
Posted on: June 10, 2010 7:29 am
Edited on: June 10, 2010 7:46 am
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is expected to visit Cleveland on Thursday to meet the Cavs' front-office personnel and tour the facilities, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com.
The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported the development Wednesday night.
Izzo's planned visit is the latest sign that he's seriously considering an offer believed to be around $6 million per year, and backs what a source told CBSSports.com on Wednesday. "[Izzo is doing] his due diligence," the source said, which is another way of saying that Izzo wants to know as much as he possibly can about Cleveland's chances to keep LeBron James, the two-time Most Valuable Player who is set to become a free agent on July 1.
It's unlikely Izzo could know with certainty what James will do before next month because James has said many times that he plans to go through the process of free agency. Whether Izzo would take the job without assurances from James is unclear. Another possible option would be for Izzo to wait until after James makes a decision to make a decision, though handling the constant speculation on his job status for another month wouldn't be ideal, and there's no guarantee Cleveland would be willing to let Izzo wait that long.
Posted on: June 9, 2010 3:48 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2010 3:51 pm
Tom Izzo has addressed with his players the speculation that he could leave Michigan State for Cleveland, but he has not accepted the job or told his players that he plans to accept the job despite an internet report to the contrary, a source close to Izzo told CBSSports.com on Wednesday.
"That report is absolutely untrue," the source said.
Izzo has been informally offered a deal worth what a source told CBSSports.com is around $6 million per year to coach Cleveland, but he's hesitant to accept without a good understanding of what LeBron James will do, the source said. James becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1. The two-time NBA Most Valuable Player has said many times that he plans to go through the process, which has Izzo currently doing "his due diligence," according to a source close with Izzo.
Put another way, Izzo is very interested in coaching James in Cleveland, but not nearly as interested in coaching Cleveland without James. There is no timetable for a decision, either way. But it's worth noting that Cleveland general manager Chris Grant has said he's willing to wait at least six weeks for the "right guy," though it's unclear if Izzo could handle the constant speculation on his career for another six weeks.
Posted on: June 7, 2010 9:40 pm
Edited on: June 7, 2010 9:52 pm
Tom Izzo still hasn't been formally offered Cleveland's coaching job, but he's aware he can replace Mike Brown if he wants, a college basketball source told CBSSports.com on Monday night.
According to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, a contract worth more than $6 million per year is possible. But the Plain-Dealer reported Izzo isn't leaning toward taking the job because -- as CBSSports.com reported Sunday night -- he probably won't be able to commit to the Cavs without a clear understanding of whether their roster will feature LeBron James, the NBA's reigning Most Valuable Player.
James becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1.
He has said many times he plans to go through the process of free agency.
"Even if an offer does come, [Izzo] can't seriously consider it until he knows where that franchise is going to be [going forward]," a source told CBSSports.com on Sunday night. "He'll listen. But ... I just don't think there's any way he'd take a job like Cleveland unless he knew it was a nice situation, and I don't think anybody is going to know if Cleveland is going to be a nice situation until LeBron says so."
Posted on: June 6, 2010 10:34 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2010 11:01 pm
The Cleveland Cavaliers are interested in Tom Izzo but haven't made an offer to the Michigan State coach despite a report to the contrary, multiple sources told CBSSports.com on Sunday night.
The Cavs are looking for Mike Brown's replacement.
Brown was fired last month after the Cavs lost in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
A college basketball source told CBSSports.com that Izzo has been and remains intrigued by the NBA, but that he wouldn't seriously consider an offer without an understanding of the roster he'd inherit, which isn't the case in Cleveland. Obviously, coaching the Cavs is a great job if LeBron James is involved. But it could be a terrible job if the two-time and reigning Most Valuable Player opts for New York, New Jersey, Chicago or anywhere else.
"And why would Tom leave [Michigan State] for a bad job?" the source asked. "Even if an offer does come, he can't seriously consider it until he knows where that franchise is going to be [going forward]. He'll listen. But you know Tom. It would be hard for him to leave Michigan State even if he knew he was getting a great NBA job. He might do it, but it would be hard. So even though I wouldn't rule out him leaving for the NBA, I just don't think there's any way he'd take a job like Cleveland unless he knew it was a nice situation, and I don't think anybody is going to know if Cleveland is going to be a nice situation until LeBron says so."
James is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
He has said many times he's committed to going through the process of free agency.
Posted on: April 20, 2010 9:19 am
Edited on: April 20, 2010 11:07 am
Kyle Singler's decision to return to Duke will likely make the Blue Devils the preseason favorite.
It's certainly a reasonable point of view.
The additions of Kyrie Irving and Seth Curry should offset the loss of Jon Scheyer in the backcourt, and though I liked Brian Zoubek down the stretch, it's possible Duke will be more talented in the frontcourt next season if Miles and Mason Plumlee progress as projected. So if you like Duke, I understand. I like Duke, too. But Michigan State still belongs in the conversation for preseason No. 1, I think. The Spartans lose only Raymar Morgan from last season and replace him with a recruiting class MaxPreps.com ranks fifth nationally. Kalin Lucas and Delvon Roe should both be healthy, Durrell Summers and Draymond Green will be a year advanced in their development as future pros, and I saw enough of incoming freshman Adreian Payne last summer to know he could be an elite level shot blocker and defensive presence.
So it's a close call between Duke and Michigan State.
That's my point.
Take a look at the possible lineups.
Then tell me what you think.
----- DUKE -----
G: Kyrie Irving
G: Nolan Smith
F: Kyle Singler
F: Mason Plumlee
F: Miles Plumlee
Reserves: Seth Curry, Andre Dawkins, Ryan Kelly, Josh Hairston, Tyler Thornton, Carrick Felix
----- MICHIGAN STATE -----
G: Kalin Lucas
G: Durrell Summers
F: Draymond Green
F: Delvon Roe
F: Adreian Payne
Reserves: Korie Lucious, Chris Allen, Keith Appling, Derrick Nix, Russell Byrd, Garrick Sherman, Alex Gauna
(Note: Sportsbook.com has posted odds for next year's champion. Duke and MSU are co-favorites at +800.)
Posted on: April 3, 2010 2:29 pm
INDIANAPOLIS -- Yes, it's raining here. But the streets are still full, the downtown mall still packed. There's a definite buzz around tonight's national semifinals, and it's a lot of fun to watch the four fanbases interact with each other, particularly when parts of the four fanbases are already completely hammered and wandering around.
It breaks down like this ...
The rowdiest fans: West Virginia
The best-dressed fans: Duke
The happiest fans: Butler
The fans most likely to roll their eyes at happy Butler fans: Michigan State
You can tell just from walking around that Michigan State fans (some, not all) are tired of hearing about Butler, and especially tired of hearing about Butler from Butler fans. "Go Bulldogs!," yelled one lady on the street, at which point a Michigan State fan responded, "Enjoy it while it lasts." And this is pretty much how it's going around here. Either way, I'm looking forward to seeing the crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium. It was wild yesterday when the lower bowl was filled for Butler's practice. Should be incredible today when 75,000 people come to watch Butler play in the Final Four six miles from the Butler campus.
Posted on: March 29, 2010 12:33 pm
A TV station is reporting that Oregon's prepared to make Tom Izzo college basketball's richest coach.
Assuming it's true -- and with all the misinformation circulating these days, that's nothing more than an assumption -- it's the latest example of school officials forgetting to take a common sense approach to their coaching searches. I mean, I don't doubt the idea of becoming insanely rich is intriguing to Izzo, and I don't doubt Izzo has hinted that he'll listen if only because you listen when Nike founder Phil Knight calls. But there's a massive difference between a man being interested and a man being attainable, and in the middle of those two things is where Tom Izzo resides.
Has Izzo at times felt under-appreciated at Michigan State?
Has he been frustrated by it?
But Izzo is on his way to his second straight Final Four, and he's the most appreciated coach in the country these days. So he might listen and be genuinely be interested. But when it's time to make the call, does anybody think Izzo could actually pull the so-called trigger and leave Michigan State for Oregon? That's the question Oregon officials should ask themselves before they spend a week waiting on Izzo's season to end. Even if he's intrigued and interested, would he really do it?
Correct answer: No.
Izzo wouldn't do it because he couldn't bring himself to do it.
And that's why Oregon officials would be silly to sit around and wait to make a formal pitch and get a formal rejection. They should throw money at Minnesota's Tubby Smith or Saint Mary's Randy Bennett -- or somebody else who is actually attainable -- get a deal done, introduce their new coach and get to work on rebuilding their program. Oregon swung big at Florida's Billy Donovan, Gonzaga's Mark Few and Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon, but none of those guys are willing to leave the good jobs they have for the Pac-10. Neither is Tom Izzo. Or Mike Krzyzewski. Or Roy Williams, just so we're clear.