Thursday, June 17, 2010

Michigan State: Why They Should be Thankful Tom Izzo Stayed

For the last 15 years, head coach Tom Izzo has been the face of Michigan State basketball—and for the right reasons.

Since being hired in 1995, Izzo has led the Spartans to six Final Fours, including the last two seasons.

While they have come short in the past two chances, he did come away with a ring in 2000.

So, when the rumors popped up that he had been offered a $6 million contract, he seemed all but gone.

And let me tell you State fans, it's a good thing he stayed.

It's obvious that he can get the players that he needs to win and can come through with the big wins come March.

His .745 winning percentage in the NCAA Tournament is third best between active coaches behind Duke's Coach K and Roy Williams of North Carolina.

Perhaps though, the most important reason that Michigan State needed him to stay is the upcoming season.

With the core coming back such as Kalin Lucas, Durrell Summers, Delvon Roe, Derrick Nix, Korie Lucious, and Draymond Green, the only really big loss from the Final Four team is Raymar Morgan.

However, with Izzo back, this team should be ready to make another run to the Final Four.

Written by Collin O'Connor



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