Tom Izzo: 'I'm Pleased To Say I Am Here For Life At Michigan State'

After a week of contemplating whether to stay at Michigan State or leave for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tom Izzo has decided to remain head coach of the Spartans.

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Tom Izzo: 'I'm Pleased To Say I Am Here For Life At Michigan State'

Michigan State has sent out a press release confirming the news that Tom Izzo is staying at the school. Izzo's quotes from the release are below, and you can check out the quotes from MSU athletic director Mark Hollis and MSU president Lou Anna K. Simon here.

"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."

Izzo will also speak at a press conference at 8:30. You can watch the presser on the Big Ten Network and continue to check in with SB Nation Detroit for the latest updates on Izzo.


Report: Tom Izzo Passes On Cavaliers Job, Will Remain Head Coach Of Michigan State

UPDATE II: WDIV has posted a story on its website repeating the news that Izzo will stay at Michigan State.

UPDATE: WDIV just said that they now aren't sure when the press conference will be held, but they reiterated that sources indicate Izzo will stay at MSU.

WDIV in Detroit is reporting that Tom Izzo has decided to stay at Michigan State as head coach of the Spartans. There reportedly will be a press conference at 7 p.m. tonight to officially announce the decision, although the Detroit News' Eric Lacy reports that no presser has been scheduled at MSU yet.

Izzo had been debating whether or not to take the Cleveland Cavaliers job for the last week, so finally it looks like this saga has come to an end. Although it included many interesting twists that indicated this was the closest Izzo ever came to leaving for a job in the NBA, it's really not too surprising that he decided to stay at MSU. From the very beginning I had my doubts that he would actually leave, mainly because the timing of everything just didn't work out, both with the whole LeBron James thing and the fact that the team he has coming back to MSU next season will be a contender for a national title.

Izzo's decision to stay will greatly elevate his status among Michigan State fans. The amount of support Izzo received with the "Save Tom Izzo Rally" and the whole "We Love Izzo" campaign showed just how much he is revered in Spartan nation already, and that love will be taken to another level with the news that he has turned down an offer to coach the Cavaliers in order to continue coaching MSU.


Report: LeBron James Won't Speak To Tom Izzo

Tom Izzo may want to talk to LeBron James before deciding on the Cleveland Cavaliers job, but it doesn't look like James wants to talk to Izzo or any candidate for that matter. From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

All along, James has not planned to speak to coaching candidates or lobby for certain coaches to replace Mike Brown. James, according to a source, has not spoken with Izzo about the job or his future and currently has no plans to do so.

The problem this creates for Izzo is that if he accepts the Cavs job, he wouldn't have an idea of what LeBron is going to do when free agency opens on July 1. It's certainly possible that LeBron will return to Cleveland, but you can imagine that Izzo would like to at least get an idea before committing to the Cavs and leaving Michigan State. Since that doesn't seem like it will happen, this is going to come down to if Izzo wants to take the risk and leave a great situation for an uncertain one in Cleveland.


Tom Izzo On His Way Back To Lansing From Cleveland

Tom Izzo was originally scheduled to return to Lansing at 7:20 p.m. tonight. Instead he ended up staying in Cleveland for a few more hours to reportedly have dinner with Dan Gilbert and other officials from the Cavaliers organization. Now, though, he is finally in the air and on a flight back to Lansing.

According to the FlightAware activity logs for the plane he initially went down to Cleveland in, Izzo departed Cuyahoga County Airport at 10:33 p.m. and is set to land at Capital Region International Airport in Lansing at 11:14 p.m. A few hours ago there were apparently quite a few members of the media at the airport waiting for Izzo, but only three people now remain. Remember, Izzo's original flight to Cleveland was diverted to another airport in order to avoid the media, but dealing with only three people shouldn't be too big of a deal, especially since Izzo probably won't comment on anything anyways.

In all, Izzo spent about nine hours in Cleveland visiting with the Cavaliers today. His family was reportedly with him, showing just how serious of a meeting this was. It makes sense since this would be a life-changing decision for Izzo and his family, and the fact that he spent so much time shows that he is definitely considering taking the Cavs job.

The question now obviously focuses in on if Izzo will actually take the job. On the one hand, you don't just spend nine hours visiting with a team for nothing, but on the other hand, if Izzo was absolutely sure he wanted to make the move to Cleveland, would he have left without an agreement in place? I suppose we will find out soon enough, but my belief is that Izzo is still on the fence and is unsure of what to do. Although nine hours is plenty of time to take in all aspects of the Cavs organization, he probably will need at least tonight to think it over some more before deciding once and for all to stay at MSU or leave for Cleveland.

Just to weigh in with my opinion on all of this, I think Izzo's head is probably telling him to go to the NBA, where he would be presented with a new challenge and a nice pay raise. His heart, on the flip side, is likely telling him to stay at Michigan State. That will especially be the case after he hears about the rally MSU fans had for him outside of the Breslin Center earlier tonight. I'm sure it will be emotional for Izzo to see all of the support he has, and ultimately I think his Spartan family will keep him in East Lansing. A week ago at this time I would have said you're crazy if you think Izzo is going to leave for the NBA, and although it definitely looks like it's possible, I would still be pretty surprised if he actually went through with it and took the Cavs job.


More Reports Come In: Tom Izzo Rumor Completely False

The Tom Izzo to Cleveland Cavaliers rumor has quickly gone from being possibly true to completely false. In addition to what Jeff Goodman has heard from MSU sources about the rumor, two more people have chimed in to debunk it.

SI's Seth Davis:

Add me to list of those refuting idiotic blog "report" that Izzo told his team he's taking Cavs job. Did. Not. Happen.

CBS Sports' Gary Parrish:

Any report saying Izzo has accepted the job (or told his players he's accepting the job) is simply false.

For right now I think we can safely say that this rumor is untrue. It'd be one thing if the report was premature and Tom Izzo's camp just wants it to be official before it goes public, but the whole thing about how he informed his players he was leaving reportedly did not happen. Here is what Joe Rexrode had to say about the meeting that took place with Izzo and his players last night:

I'd like to ignore stuff like this altogether, but when you get calls and e-mails on something, you have to at least look into it and respond. Delvon Blanton, Delvon Roe's father, told me today the meeting lasted two hours, and Izzo told his players the situation and let everyone say some words. To sum it up, they told him they want him to stay, he told them he feels the same way about them, but also that a decision has not been made.

Tom Izzo may still decide to take the Cleveland Cavaliers job, but right now, the process has not reached that point yet.


Rumor: Tom Izzo Tells Players He Will Accept Cavaliers Job

Rumors are swirling in Cleveland right now that Michigan State's Tom Izzo has informed his players that he will take the head coaching job with the Cavaliers. Fear The Sword, SB Nation's Cavs blog, had this to say about the rumor:

There is a hot rumor beginning to circulate that Tom Izzo did, in fact, tell his Michigan State players that he had accepted the Cavaliers Head Coaching job.  That rumor, swirling around Twitter today, reportedly began when one of Izzo's players, a former Cleveland St. Edwards star, told the Eagles' coach what was said during the meeting.

Another site, WaitingForNextYear, has more on the rumor:

Our sources have heard directly from players on the MSU team that Izzo informed them this week that he is planning on making the move up to the NBA level under the ownership of MSU grad Dan Gilbert.  We have also heard from a separate source that Izzo is holding off on announcing this until the end of the week, when his kids finish up school in the Lansing area.

Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis said that a meeting took place yesterday, but he refused to discuss what was said. I don't know if this rumor is developing from what was said in that meeting or if another meeting was held sometime today. Either way, there is a lot of smoke out there that Izzo is headed to Cleveland. The question now is this: Will it hold up to be true?

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