Breaking News: The Cleveland Cavaliers Offer Tom Izzo Head Coaching Job

James WalkerAnalyst IIJune 7, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 03:  Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans reacts from the sideline while taking on the Butler Bulldogs during the National Semifinal game of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship on April 3, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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ESPN is reporting that the Cleveland Cavaliers have offered the head coaching job to Michigan State's Tom Izzo.

Shocker.

First of all, the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dan Gilbert, is an alumnus of Michigan State University.  Conventional wisdom would lead one to believe that Gilbert would make this offer to one of the best head coaches in college basketball.  The fact that he is currently coaching the owner's alma mater surely has something to do with it.

The question is: What are the chances that Izzo will accept the position?

Frankly, I think he would be crazy to accept right now.

Too much needs to happen and be answered.  Obviously, the questions surrounding LeBron James' future in Cleveland have yet to be answered unless LeBron has something to do with the offer, which personally I doubt.

If Izzo were to wait until the LeBron James situation plays out, the Cavaliers would have to wait almost one month.  It's doubtful the Cavaliers would wait that long.

Would Izzo be interested in the job if LeBron was not on the team?  How much money would Gilbert have to offer to keep Izzo interested if LeBron accepted an offer from another team?

Cleveland's offer came way too soon; they should have waited before reaching out for one of college basketball's best coaches.  Then again, money talks, and maybe Gilbert's pockets are deep enough to compel Izzo to accept now.

I don't see Izzo accepting immediately; therefore, unless the Cavaliers are patient enough to wait for Izzo's decision. This will turn out to be a bad move on Cleveland's part.

Michigan State fans are holding their breaths for the time being.