Is Tom Izzo leaving Michigan State for the Cavs?

  • 06/09/2010 8:10 pm in

INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 02: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans looks on during practice prior to the 2010 Final Four of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 2, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)The answer to that question differs depending on who you ask. Dick Vitale says no. But The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, citing sources, published this story earlier this evening, indicating that Michigan State players believe Tom Izzo is close to accepting the Cleveland Cavaliers job. The details:

Sources have told The Plain Dealer that Michigan State players left a meeting with Tom Izzo Tuesday night believing he was going to leave to accept Gilbert’s offer to become the next Cavaliers coach. Izzo didn’t tell them that, he called the meeting to acknowledge reports that he’d been offered the job, but players left afraid they were about to lose their coach.

Several other sources, however, indicated Izzo hadn’t made his final decision as of Wednesday afternoon.

Delvon Roe’s father, Delvon Blanton, told The Lansing State Journal that the Tuesday meeting lasted two hours and Izzo explained the situation to his team. (Blanton’s comments don’t offer much evidence he believes Izzo will stay in East Lansing, either.)

This, my friends, is the problem with sources. Everybody seems to have them. But until the source of the news is Gilbert, Michigan State AD Mark Hollis or Izzo himself, you should continue to hold out hope that college basketball won’t lose one of the best in the business to the NBA. It’s possible if Izzo leaves for Cleveland that the Hoosiers could be in better position to land Muncie Central guard Jeremiah Davis, who is listing Michigan State among his top schools.

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  • eph521

    Yes, I'd think that Kamenski would be an IU lock if Izzo leaves… Davis still makes me wonder, but I agree our chances improve with him.

  • eph521

    I don't see Crean even considering an offer from MSU… just don't see him walking away from what he's building at IU. He strikes me as a loyal guy, especially considering the circumstances.

  • ricky

    Any chance MSU goes after Crean? Or do they hire from within?

  • HoosierDavey

    I would really be shocked if he left for the NBA, even if the money is good. I'm afraid he will be sorry if he does. As for MSU hiring Crean? Don't see it happening. I think Crean is more tied to Izzo than MSU.

  • jgongora86

    I hate to say this because I respect Izzo more than any other coach period. However, if he leaves we have a great shot with Davis but more importantly we have edge with Kamenski come 2012. I think Kamenski will be a great ball player. If Izzo leaves IU's path to recovery becomes that much easier. I hope he doesn't leave but at the same time, I'm so desperate for IU to come back, I'll take any luck I can get.

  • marsh21

    you got that right

  • Bryan

    Agreed – I don't mind another Big Ten opponent getting weaker relative to us, even if Izzo seems like a better fit for the college game.

  • Outoftheloop

    Coach Izzo has EARNED the right to make any decision he wants to make, Pros and Cons either way. Does anyone actually know Coach Crean’s Buyout provision? I will bet that it is very large-millions of $. That is what is part of a 10 year, 2.3 million $ contract. So his leaving is not very likely even if MSU comes looking.

  • mmarsden

    Pretty much said everything I wanted to. I love Tom Izzo. Think he is the best coach in the country and losing him to the NBA would be a huge loss for college basketball. That said, I think Davis becomes close to a lock and we would be the favorite with Kaminski. I still can't decide if my love IU exceeds the Big 10 and college basketball as a whole.

    At the end of the day, I don't see Izzo leaving since he would need to know for sure LeBron is coming back and I just don't see that happening.

  • It's Kaminski.

  • The buyout is $3 million until April of next year, when it drops to $2 million. In April of 2013, the buyout drops to $1 million.

  • GFDave

    50/50 but my guess is that he stays put. I think he is the kind of guy that will go with his gut reaction, which I think will be to stay at MSU.

  • MillaRed

    Coach Izzo, you are a Hall of Fame coach. One of the best ever in the Big Ten. It pains me to say…….

    Please go! Let some other team suffer for a while!

    I know I am a terrible person.

  • marcusgresham

    If Izzo leaves, I see his displeasure with the NBA coinciding with Criminalipari's departure from UK (just ahead of the NCAA wolfpack,) and UK ends up even better off than it is now. Yech!

  • hoosier07

    i thought the exact same thing … i wouldn't be shocked if they try to talk to him at least … hollis quoted as saying he is prepared to hire the next coach “right now” if Izzo leaves …

  • HoosierSmitty

    Call Billy Donovan and ask him how hard a decision it is…

  • Justin

    If Crean would leave, what would IU go for the new asst. coach?

  • Justin

    You are not terrible if your a true IU fan you were smiling when you read that not only because of the future high school players we might get but what is the chance of some transfers or they probably arnt allowed to go to IU but out of the big 10 is just as good for us…..Then another thing every one is saying he isnt going but why would you hold a meeting at begining of the summer and just not say IM NOT GOING ANY WHERE to your players why are they still not for sure if you were staying. Right now is the most important time for these players at MSU there training period, comming together as a team on and off court, and building a bigger fan base so if you were not leaving why would you keep letting it be a distraction

  • Justin

    If Crean would leave, what would IU go for the new asst. coach?

  • millzy32

    Michigan State has two people to thank for their success. First Magic Johnson and now Izzo. They still only have two titles and they aren’t a major basketball power if Izzo is not there. Crean would be an absolute fool to leave IU with its tradition fan base and potential to go to Michigan State IMHO. The comment below captures the truth, he’s good buddies with Izzo and that’s about it. He was a former assistant at MSU but it’s not like MSU is North Carolina or anything. Leaving IU for that job would be a demotion not a promotion. I hate to say it but Purdue has more big ten titles than anyone and IU is second and IU has far more National Titles obviously.

    I live in Cleveland and I really don’t care much for LeBron and his self promoting non-caring approach to the game but if Izzo comes here I will like it because he won’t be at MSU and that’s one less Big Ten squad that IU has to pass on its way back to the top.

  • Plane1972

    I would rather have Tom Izzo in the Big Ten than to have a lead in the Jeremiah Davis sweepstakes.

    Crean to MSU seems unrealistic to me because 1) the buyout costs, 2) the pressure to win now, which he could do with that roster, and 3) the potential to be the rebound girlfriend in East Lansing vs. the job security in Bloomington for the next 5-10 years.

    I think Izzo goes, as much as it pains me to say, and the Detroit News mentions Brian Gregory of Dayton and Jim Boylen of Utah as two very possible successors with ties to MSU.

  • eph521

    wow, you may be onto something with this idea…

  • marcusgresham

    Even if he doesn't want to leave, holding a meeting could lead to a renegotiation of his current deal just to ensure that he stays put. Not saying he's greasy like Criminalipari in that way, but it can get you more money.

  • walton

    For whatever reasons I take pride in the Big Ten as a whole, and put a lot of importance on coaches being a major impact on the success of a team. I love the coaches the big ten has put together recently with the additions of Painters, T. Smiths, Beliens, Creans, etc. I am not really looking at Izzo leaving as a huge benefit to IU – more so I am looking at it as a big loss for the Big Ten. I have always felt the more competitive the conference the more prepared the teams in it are for the big dance. Also I don't look at this and say “oh Michigan St. will suffer and thats good for IU” – I don't won't IU's success to come from the suffering of another team – I want IU to beat the best there is and become successful from that.

  • Outoftheloop

    Thanks for the research Alex. I think that sort of ends that! (P.S. I was correct about the Univ of Miami, FL being very good academically (thanks for the Prop), but I was WRONG about private universities NOT being members of the AAU. Out of the top 50 “Best National Universities” list, 10 are NOT members of the AAU, but 3 of these 10 are called “Colleges” and 1 is called a “Polytechnic Institute”. So only 6 “Universities” on this list, in the top 50, are NOT in the AAU, including Notre Dame, Wake Forest, Georgetown and Miami. However, there are lots of Private Universities in the AAU.)