Is there a coach who tops the exuberance of Tom Izzo?
Think about it.
OK. Time's up. The answer is no. Izzo is in a league of his own, like it or not.
At a moment's notice, Izzo can go from being as calm as a child with a bottle of warm milk to being as heated as an erupting volcano.
Easily; he does it very easily. One miff by the officiating crew is more than enough to send Izzo, who's been to six Final Fours, over the edge and into outer space. That's what he's known for, and that's why he's beloved by the Spartans faithful.
In 2010, rumors swirled about Izzo's potential departure to the Cleveland Cavaliers. That didn't happen, of course (LeBron James went to Miami), but that didn't stop Izzo from voicing his concern about the way the story was being reported.
Lynn Henning, a well-respected Detroit News columnist, had to defend his position—and the position of other writers—when rehashing the media's coverage of Izzo. He didn't back down, nor did Izzo.
The accompanying video has audio of the now famous "altercation" between two heavies—Izzo in coaching, Henning in writing.
Is that really it on Izzo? No way. There's much more, and he' not apologizing, according to a recent statement made during an interview with MLive.com's Mike Griffith.
I just decided after watching some games and listening to some coaches' interviews, if there's anybody that's gotten a little soft, it's been me, and I'm not going to tolerate anything but their best. You know what, if people don't like the way I do it or how I do it, I really don't care. I'm getting back a little old schoolish.
That guy sure is getting soft, isn't he?
Don't believe that for a second. He's as passionate and driven as he's ever been.