Cleveland Cavaliers Offer Head Coaching Job To Michigan State's Tom Izzo

Shaun AhmadSenior Analyst IJune 7, 2010

ST. LOUIS - MARCH 28:  Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates a basket by his team in the second half against the Tennessee Volunteers during the midwest regional final of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Edward Jones Dome on March 28, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri. Michagan State defeated Tennessee 70-69 to advance to the Final Four.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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UPDATE:  1:00 PM AP Michigan State athletics director Mark Hollis says the Cleveland Cavaliers have not offered Tom Izzo a contract.


Reports out of The News-Herald in Northern Ohio late Sunday night indicated that the Cavaliers have offered their vacant head coaching job to Michigan State's Tom Izzo.  Dan Gilbert, owner of the Cavaliers, has long been infatuated with the prospect of having Izzo coach his ballclub.  Gilbert is a graduate of Michigan State.

As is almost always the case with such rumors, neither side has confirmed or denied it.  Izzo has said in the past that he would not be interested in leaving Michigan State until he has won at least one more national championship.  But when you're making $3 million a year and an NBA franchise offers you $6 million or more to coach LeBron James, it's easy to see how one's mind can suddenly change.

Those close to Izzo have said he would not take the job unless he was kept in the loop as far as whether James will re-sign with the Cavaliers or not.

The flipside of that coin is that it is rumored that the next head coach will be handpicked by James, and Izzo is his choice.

There are so many question marks and gray areas with the Cavaliers at this point that it is hard to determine what's what.  But this much seems to be true; the Cavaliers have offered the job to Izzo.

What happens next will remain to be seen.



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