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Tom Izzo says despite rumors he is staying at Michigan State

Apr 30, 2014, 5:42 PM EDT

Tom Izzo

Tom Izzo to the NBA rumors will not die.

The legendary Michigan State coach’s name keeps coming up in coaching search talks, especially in Michigan where the Pistons happen to be looking for a coach.

But he did his best to shoot down the rumors again speaking with ESPN, which you would imagine a guy trying to get high school stars to come to play for him would like to do.

“First of all, I’m going to be at Michigan State,” Izzo said Wednesday on ESPNU’s College Basketball podcast… “If somebody made me an offer to be the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers that was so good that it would impress everybody, does that mean I would never say never?” Izzo said. “I’m not doing that anymore. I’ve seen too many people get stung that way.

“Put it this way: I’ve got a big-time recruit coming in an hour and if I was leaving I wouldn’t be recruiting.”

Izzo says he is laughing at the idea he would leave, but the people recruiting against him are trying to use that idea.

Izzo’s name comes up in a lot of coach speculation. It is known Pistons owner Tom Gores is a big Izzo fan and would love to hire him away. However, Gores should work on getting a general manager in place first, then let the GM work out who should be the coach.

  1. metrocritical - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Ideally, Tom Izzo will finish his illustrious career at MSU. Hopefully, Tom Gores will start taking rational steps towards turning his disastrous tenure around.

    • kb2408 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      How does 1 title, that’s almost 15 yrs old, equate to an “illustrious” career? If that’s your definition of “illustrious”, how would you describe Coach K’s career? Michigan fans hopes he stays at MSU, then Beilien can keep beating him with less talent.

      • bellerophon30 - May 1, 2014 at 4:55 PM

        So only one career can be called illustrious? You’ve got some pretty stout standards if that’s the case. I’m an MSU alum, and a realistic one: Izzo isn’t Coach K, or Pitino, or even Billy Donovan. But he’s top 10 right now, and at a school that most agree is the 2nd best in the state overall (academically and athletically). And he’s done it without recruiting one and done guys (Zach Randolph is the only one, and his leaving caught people by surprise). I’m happy that he’s staying, all MSU fans should be too.

  2. metrocritical - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Ideally, Tom Izzo will finish his illustrious career at MSU. Hopefully, Tom Gores will start taking rational steps towards turning his disastrous tenure around.

  3. cantonb0und13 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Off topic but…

    Why do people continue to love Durant sooooo much??? I don’t know understand why everyone has a man crush for Durant… He been awful for TWO STRAIGHT POSTSEASON! He admitted that T. Allen is getting into his head… Really “MVP” honestly can’t stand Durant. This dude had bunch of talent since day one of his career. Stop making excuses.

    • kb2408 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      He’s been awful for two straight post-seasons but at age 23 he led OKC to the Finals and gave LeBron 31pts a game on 55% shooting. Yes, he hasn’t been good in this series but he will still win MVP by a landslide and he’s almost universally recognized as the second best player in the world. KD’s time is coming.

      • cantonb0und13 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:58 PM

        Yeah because he had a good supporting cast since day one: Westbrook, Harden, Ibaka, etc.

      • kb2408 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:08 PM

        LBJ had Wade and Bosh and got beat in 6 games by Dallas. That’s 3 HOF’ers in their prime at the time. OKC was, and still is, one of the youngest teams in the league.

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