Izzo’s not going anywhere
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo wants everyone to know that he’s happy in college after a USA Today report indicated the Detroit Pistons might be interested in the pursuing him after the season.
Izzo and the fourth-seeded Spartans are preparing to face top-seeded Virginia in an NCAA East Regional semifinal on Friday night. Michigan State is trying to reach its seventh Final Four under the 59-year-old Izzo.
“There’s been so many rumors over the years,” Izzo told ESPN’s SportsCenter on Tuesday. “I look at people I used to recruit against years ago (that) said that I’d be gone, but I’m still here and some of those schools have had three different coaches.
“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?”
The Pistons likely will be in the market for a new coach after the season. Maurice Cheeks was fired and John Loyer took over on an interim basis. The team is not expected to retain Loyer.
Michigan State has gone to 17 consecutive NCAA Tournaments and won one national title under Izzo. He has been mentioned as a candidate for NBA jobs in the past and nearly jumped to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2011.