This offseason may be one of the most difficult for Michigan State.
After all, this past go-round wasn't exactly friendly and fuzzy for Spartans coach Tom Izzo, who said multiple times to multiple people that 2013-14 was the most trying stretch of his 19-year head-coaching career.
Making next year a little easier is a must.
So is assigning leadership roles and maybe naming one or two captains. Just a thought.
In all likelihood, Izzo will lose Gary Harris, a sophomore shooting guard, and Branden Dawson, a junior wing, to the NBA draft.
Add in the departure of graduating seniors Keith Appling, a point guard, and Adreian Payne, a multi-skilled big man, Izzo has no choice but to move on to the next ones in line.
It doesn't make sense for Michigan State or Izzo to dwell on the past or ponder "what if Harris stays, what if Dawson stays?" Dedicating resources to the future of the team should yield better results.
The Spartans don't have to retool everything but making a few adjustments in the offseason won't hurt.