HoopsHype Tom Izzo rumors

March 21, 2012 Updates

Coach Tom Izzo said Louisville coach Rick Pitino's failed NBA venture and advice helped convince him not to pursue an opportunity to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers: "It's like buying a car, if you have success with one style you buy another one the next time. If you don't, you change. I don't think anybody was saying this is a great move for you. Thank God I had an AD and an administration that at least let me look at something that was an incredible offer." CBSSports.com

February 7, 2011 Updates

Izzo said he responded in kind to Gilbert, whose team had lost an NBA single-season record 24 straight heading into Monday night's game at Dallas. "I feel sorry for Cleveland, for Dan," Izzo said. "I feel sorry for our fans and for us right now." The Spartans have lost two straight - by 20-plus points for the first time since Izzo's debut season as head coach - and five of six to fall out of The Associated Press poll after being ranked No. 2 in the preseason. Washington Post

January 21, 2011 Updates
November 14, 2010 Updates

Dan Gilbert, a Michigan State alumnus, Izzo fan and the owner of the Cavs, guaranteed him a lucrative $30 million contract - with the potential of coaching one of the NBA's great stars in LeBron James. In scratching the proverbial itch, Izzo found it a lot harder to walk away from the opportunity than he thought. "How often do you get this kind of combination?" he said. "The owner wants you as the coach. That doesn't happen very often. You have a chance to coach one of the best players in the world. And the money was sick. "Everyone was saying, 'You shouldn't take a job for the money.' And I kept asking, 'What do you take them for then?' Plus, Cleveland was a Midwest town, which was better for me." New York Daily News

When he called a press conference to reject the offer, Izzo declared himself a Spartan for life. "It wasn't like I didn't have a burning desire to be an NBA coach," he said. "A couple opportunities came to me and I don't even think about them, but it's comforting to know my university stood behind me on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It's going to make me a better coach, a better advocate of college ball. I have great respect for the NBA. I think the good programs - they coach. The 'roll the ball out' thing isn't true. Do I think I could have made as big an impact in the NBA and I could in college? No. New York Daily News

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Source: Cavs job hasn't been offered to anyone yet -- including Michigan State coach Tom Izzo Twitter

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