After a few days of contemplation over whether to take a coaching job with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tom Izzo has decided he will remain the head coach of the Michigan State Spartans men’s basketball program:
In a statement released by the school on Tuesday, Izzo said, “I’m pleased to say I am here for life at Michigan State.”
For the past nine days, Izzo had been trying to decide whether to leave the place that has been his home since 1983 and jump to the NBA to perhaps make $6 million — doubling his salary — and possibly coach one of the best basketball players in the world.
“Throughout the entire process, Dan Gilbert and the entire Cleveland organization has been nothing but class. His professionalism and caring nature for me, my family and Michigan State have been impressive. I wish him nothing but the best in his quest to win a world championship,” Izzo said in a statement released by the school. “Just as I decided to stay home, I hope a 6-8, 270-pound forward in Cleveland decides to stay home.”
The Spartans have scheduled an 8:30 p.m. ET news conference with Izzo, school president Lou Anna Simon and athletic director Mark Hollis.
The Cavs are now caught amid quite a quandary in terms of their next team leader. Reports have former Hornets and Nets coach, Byron Scott, as their next choice.