Every year for the past decade the rumor mill begins to turn with talk of Coach Izzo leaving for the NBA. There is always some team that is willing to throw an ungodly amount of money on the table in an attempt to steal him away from MSU. Just how the rumor mills start turning every year in the basketball world, you also get the turn of new freshman who make their way on to campus and begin their careers with MSU basketball. A fresh set of faces that come from varying walks of life with different backgrounds, beliefs, and talent levels. They are unsure of what to expect when it comes to academics, athletics, and life. But one thing has been a constant in East Lansing for 25 years… one thing has always been here to help boys become men; one thing has mentored and taught life lessons to this group… Tom Izzo.
Coach Izzo is built for the college game; he thrives on the pressure of the Big Ten season. He loves out-working his fellow coaches in preparation for a big game. His eyes sparkle when he takes the court because he knows he has prepared our Spartans to take on anyone, any place, any time.
I’ve often said that Coach has a competitive streak unlike anyone I’ve ever seen. I know he has the desire to test himself at the next level with the greatest players in the world. The chance to coach Lebron James is a very tempting offer and to get paid A LOT of money to do so makes the deal even sweeter. But will King James embrace him like our Spartan Nation reveres him? Does the chance to impact a young man’s life compare to over-paid players who don’t always play hard?
I know that the world of college basketball has changed over the last few years and it takes its toll on coaches across the country, but I hope it hasn’t cost us ours.
So stay here Izzo! There is a new crop of freshmen who need you, a city who supports you, and a nation of over 400,000 Spartans who adore you.