College Basketball: Tom Izzo, Expansion, and Kansas Basketball

Jim OTDContributor IJune 7, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 03:  Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans looks on from the sideline in the first half 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 Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Izzo to coach Cavaliers?

Reports surfaced this morning that Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo has been offered the Cleveland Cavaliers' job. Here is the story from ESPN. This would be a huge loss, not only for the Spartans, but for college basketball as a whole. Izzo has been one of the top three or four coaches in college basketball during his tenure in East Lansing.

He's led the Spartans to 13 straight NCAA Tournaments and six Final Fours, and has done so with class. Considering the amount of ugliness in college basketball these days (see KU/OU and UConn for example), losing a guy like Izzo would be disappointing.

Kansas Basketball and Big 12

If the Big 12 is dissolved, which is a distinct possibility in light of today's big expansion news , what will happen to Kansas basketball? Can the Jayhawks, one of the truly elite programs, continue to thrive as a national power in the Mountain West Conference?  First the ticket scalping news breaks, and now we find out that Kansas could end up in a mid-major conference. What a month for the Jayhawks.

Other NCAA news

The News & Observer reports that NC State rising sophomore Josh Davis will transfer to Tulane, hoping to earn more playing time for the Green Wave than he projected to get at NC State. Expect Josh to succeed there, as he is an athletic, hard-working player. Best of luck to Josh in his basketball career.