College Basketball Rumors: Tom Izzo Happy at Michigan State, Likely to Turn Down NBA

By Connor Muldowney
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It’s happening once again. The annual pursuit of Tom Izzo by the NBA‘s bottom-dwellers has begun and it isn’t surprising anyone — not even Izzo himself. In fact, Izzo made an appearance on SportsCenter on Tuesday afternoon to talk about it.

Izzo had this to say about his job with the Michigan State Spartans:

“I’ve always said I’d never say never to anything because you never know what it brings. But I got so much more work to do here. I have a great president, a great AD and a football coach that I really get along [with]. So this is a pretty good place for me right now. We’re in a pretty good spot. Program’s in pretty good shape. Ain’t broke so why fix it?”

He answered the question of whether he would stay or go to perfection. Sure, he’s had offers from the NBA before and he’s seriously thought it over with his family and close friends in mind. He turned down past offers and told himself that if the time was right, he’d go.

However, the 49-year-old coach is running out of time before he retires and it would be a shock if he left at this point in his career.

Face it, folks, he’s not going anywhere. He can put it in the most polite terms possible, but at the end of the day, Tom Izzo is a lifer. He’s said it once and he will say it again, he will likely retire as Michigan State’s head coach and he will go down as one of the most successful head coaches of all time.

Sure, he might be in the midst of a hard pursuit from his home state NBA team, the Detroit Pistons, but he is too happy where he is right now and his family is happy with where he is that he doesn’t need to taint his head coaching career with an NBA attempt.

It’s time to stop acting like NBA offers are “news” for Izzo at this time of year and leave him to his Spartans. I mean, they are trying to win a national title and all.

If it isn’t broken, there’s no need in fixing it.

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