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Spartan Fans Rejoice: Tom Izzo Staying With MSU Basketball

Michigan State University (MSU) head coach Tom Izzo is staying with MSU Spartans basketball.

Tom Izzo

Tom Izzo

Izzo announced in a press conference on Tuesday night that he has declined the Cleveland Cavaliers’ head coaching job and will stay with MSU. 

Read below for Izzo’s statement on MSU’s Web site (click here for the full report from MSU).

Rumors have been flying this week about the longtime MSU coach possibly accepting an offer from Cleveland to coach in the NBA.  Izzo was seen on a private jet leaving Cleveland on Thursday night and reportedly spent time with the team’s front office and touring facilities.

Izzo has reportedly been courted by NBA teams in the past. He has been the MSU head coach since 1995, and his team is no stranger to the NCAA finals, including winning an NCAA championship in 2000.

Spartan fans, who have likely been on pins and needles, can now relax and enjoy their summer.

Tom Izzo’s Statement on Michigan State’s Web site:

“It’s been an agonizing week as I tried to make a decision about a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I apologize for the time the process has taken, but sometimes there are opportunities that come about that must be thoroughly examined. I’m no different than any other successful coach in that I’ve had multiple inquiries before, but this one was uniquely intriguing. There was a lot of information to gather and consider and some of it wasn’t easily obtainable. But when making a life decision, I owed it to myself and my family to do my due diligence. From that I never wavered. And I’m pleased to say I am here for life at Michigan State. “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. Just as I decided to stay home, I hope a 6-8, 270-pound forward in Cleveland decides to stay home.

“We have a great team returning next year with incredibly high goals. I’ve repeatedly said I have greater goals for our program and that remains unchanged. Tops on that list is becoming one of just seven schools with three or more NCAA Championships. I’m also driven to continue to raise the perception of our program to an elite level.

“The entire Michigan State community has been terrific. I’m almost embarrassed by some of the acts of support, but I’m certainly touched. I tried to approach this decision in a rational manner, but my heart was always at MSU.

“My goals are not limited to Spartan basketball. I want to do whatever I can to make our entire athletic department and university better. Most important is helping Mark Dantonio and his football team attain its goal of winning a Big Ten Championship and playing in the Rose Bowl.”

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