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Izzo's decision hinges on LeBron's decision

Jun 9, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT

izzo.jpgTom Izzo is reaching out for advice on what to do — stay at Michigan State or make double his current salary and coach the Cleveland Cavaliers.?

We and pretty much everyone else has suggested that Izzo’s decision has to hinge on LeBron James.

Izzo talked to former Michigan State coach Jud Heathcote (the guy who brought Magic Johnson to East Lansing and won an NCCA title with him) and he is thinking the same thing we all are. That’s what Heathcote told the Detroit Daily News.

“I honestly think he’ll look at this,” Heathcote said. “But unless he can get some commitment from LeBron James, the job isn’t that good. I think a lot hinges on what (Izzo) feels about LeBron’s future. I think he’s seriously considering it. He’s going to look at it like he does on all things but he’s got an awfully good situation at Michigan State, too.”

LeBron James has spent the last two years keeping his options open. LeBron has a free agent tour planned. He is not about to close off those options for Tom Izzo or anyone else. Nobody is going to know what LeBron is doing for a little while, maybe a month from now.

Is Izzo going to leave Michigan State hanging for a month waiting for LeBron? Are the Cavaliers going to wait a month for a word from Izzo? Not bloody likely, as our British friends would say.

Welcome to the Cavalier’s limbo state. We’ll be here about a month. Make yourself comfortable.

  1. Dan - Jun 9, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    The whole coaching carousel is stupid. Of course, no one is doing any moves on coaching or players until the first domino falls (Lebron). Not taking $$$$$ from Cleveland for Izzo is the wise choice at this point. He will ruin his reputation in Cleveland with or without Lebron.

  2. Ol' Smithy - Jun 9, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    It will be really hard for any true Cleveland fan to welcome someone from Michigan to coach the Cavs, but if he can help them win a national title… we might just forget where he came from for a little while. Being from Cleveland, I have made my peace with the fact that they will NEVER win a national title in anything… maybe bowling.

  3. Bill - Jun 10, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    First of all, hes from michigan state and not michigan. Any true ohio sports fan can decipher the difference. Second of all, an NBA title and a national title are two very different things. If you don’t understand sports, don’t comment on them.

  4. Larry Weigle - Jun 12, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    Bill: Ol’ Smithy has a point. Recall the song old ditty that is, for plenty of Ohioans, a college sport anthem.
    We Don’t Give a Damn for the Whole State of Michigan
    O, we don’t give a damn for the whole state of Michigan
    The whole state of Michigan, the whole state of Michigan
    We don’t give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, we’re from Ohio
    We’re from Ohio…O-H
    We’re from Ohio…I-O
    O, we don’t give a damn for the whole state of Michigan
    The whole state of Michigan, the whole state of Michigan
    We don’t give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, we’re from Ohio
    The distinction between UM and MSU is understood but is not relevant to some Ohioans. I respectfully suggest that Ol’ Smithy may be more in tune with Ohio sports fans than you.

  5. benny - Jun 13, 2010 at 2:35 AM

    As an MSU fan, if Lebron stays and Izzo goes, I wil never ever have anything but utter hatred for Lebron James.
    PS Stay Izzo, it’s not like you need the money. Your legacy will be fine.
    Big gamble. “One of the greatest college coaches of all time” OR “Won a title with the Cavs for Lebron”.
    College is where it’s at. March Madness > NBA Playoffs every year without fail.

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