The Curious Case Of Chris Allen

Ever since the 2009-10 basketball season came to a close, rumors have been swirling about the status of Michigan State guard Chris Allen. The weirdest part about this story is that the rumors seem to change on a week-to-week basis. One week he will be transferring, while the next he will be staying. What exactly is behind all of these rumors is unclear, but something is definitely up. Case in point:

During the last week and a half, depending on the source, Allen either was or wasn't in the meetings that Izzo had with his team about the Cavaliers job. On Tuesday, however, Allen was at the news conference.

So that ends it, right? Not exactly. While Allen entered the room and stood in the back with his teammates, he did not join them on stage when Izzo began to speak.

At the beginning of the month, Tom Izzo had this to say about Allen:

"Nothing has happened yet,'' Izzo said. "He's on a short leash. He has some growing up to do. There were times I didn't know if he wanted to be here.''

For now it looks like Allen is still with the Michigan State basketball program, but it's definitely unclear if that will continue. He and Izzo don't seem to be on the same page at the moment, although perhaps they are working toward getting there.

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