This week the Big Ten Conference received more good news, Tom Izzo the men’s head basketball coach at Michigan State University has decided to stay put instead of jumping the NBA to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers. Izzo had the potential to make up to $6 million per year in the NBA, doubling his current salary at Michigan State.
Izzo has been the Michigan State head coach since 1995. Under Izzo the Michigan State program has been one of the most successful in the country. Izzo led the Spartans to the 2000 National Title, has six Final Fours, and six Big Ten Championships in his first 15 years as coach at Michigan State. The winningest coach in school history, Izzo’s teams have been invited to 13 consecutive NCAA tournaments.
Even though this isn’t necessarily good news for my Iowa Hawkeyes as Michigan State and Izzo has dominated them over the past 15 years, it is good news for the Big Ten Conference to keep the longest tenured coach and arguably the biggest coaching name in the conference at Michigan State. It would have been easy for Izzo to jump to the NBA for the pay raise, however he is making good money at Michigan State and has much more job security than he would ever have in the NBA. It is nice to see a coach place loyalty to a program ahead of money.