Izzo Goes At it With a Reporter
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo managed to do a fairly good job of remaining quiet throughout the days when he considered moving on to the NBA to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers. With all the speculation that surrounded the Spartans coach, I’m sure some frustration built up over the nine days in which he was undecided about his future. Amongst all that was written about Izzo, one article seems to have really struck a nerve. That article — titled “It’s Too Late For Tom Izzo To Return To Michigan State” — was written by Detroit News columnist Lynn Henning. Henning was present for the Tom Izzo press conference on Tuesday night, and the coach let him know how he felt about his reporting. Check out the audio of Tom Izzo and reporter Lynn Henning arguing for ten minutes during the coach’s press conference to announce he’s staying:
I really don’t see anything wrong with Izzo exploring the option of coaching at the NBA level. He was offered an annual salary worth double what he makes at Michigan State. He has a family to worry about. I’m sure Michigan State has been good to him over the years, but to say it’s “too late” for him to return as the Spartans head basketball coach just for exploring a position that would have paid him $6 million a year at a higher level is completely ridiculous.
Of course the decision had a lot to do with LeBron James, but he didn’t bash the program or come out and say he was offered a better position. Izzo did what any human would do — weighed his options and made a decision. I highly doubt there’s anyone in Spartan country that isn’t happy to have him back for the long haul.