Today, Tom Izzo announced that he will remain the coach of Michigan State.
Last week, the Cleveland Cavaliers offered Tom Izzo a five-year contract, rumored to be worth $6 million a year (twice what he receives at Michigan State). Although it was tempting for Izzo to take the money, he stayed where his heart was and vowed to be a "Spartan for life."
Izzo's decision has big ramifications, both on college and professional basketball.
Here are four things we learned from Izzo's decision tonight.
Many NBA analysts believed that if Tom Izzo was 100 percent confident Lebron James would remain in Cleveland this offseason, he would take the job.
As it turned out, Izzo didn't bolt to Ohio.
The longer Izzo waited to make a decision, the more likely it was that Izzo was trying to get an indication from LeBron James.
As the days came without any word from James, Izzo decided to give up hope and remain at Michigan State.
LeBron James vocally supported Tom Izzo as coach, but he has also supported other available candidates, including Byron Scott and John Calipari.
Signing Tom Izzo as coach was not enough to ensure LeBron would be a Cav, and as a result, James will be available for anyone's taking this offseason.
During past two seasons, Tom Izzo has marched the Spartans into battle; his team was the only team to advance to two consecutive Final Fours.
All indications point to Michigan State being yet again a perennial favorite. The team is returning five of its six best players, including Kalin Lucas and Durrel Summers, the breakout star of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
In addition, Izzo was able to recruit three of ESPNU's top 65 players.
With a deep roster and talented coach, the Spartans are poised for greatness in 2010-11 and the years ahead.
What do Coach K, John Calipari, and Tom Izzo have in common?
Besides all being college coaches, these three men were all considered candidates for the Cavs head coaching vacancy at some time or another.
After three of the top coaches have all expressed interest in remaining in college hoops, it looks unlikely anyone else would make the move from college to the NBA.
No coach would risk their reputation on their ability to retain one player. Cleveland is just too risky for a college coach right now.
Expect the Cavs to now target Mark Jackson and Byron Scott (rumored to be LeBron's top choice) for their head coaching job.
My best guess is that Scott will take the job, even if he is not guaranteed the King.
According to the Michigan State website, Tom Izzo holds the following accolades
* Four-time National Coach of the Year
* One NCAA, five Big Ten and two Big Ten Tournament championships
* Six Final Four appearances
* 13 straight NCAA tournaments
* 12 NBA draft picks, including six first-rounders
* Six All-Americans
* Graduates 84 percent of players who complete eligibility
* MSU's all-time winningest coach
If Izzo was accomplish all of these feats in only 15 years, anything is possible for the future of Michigan State college basketball.
Tom Izzo will also always be remembered for his integrity to college basketball and is one of the feel-good stories in the sport.
He will go down with Roy Williams and Coach K as one of the greatest coaches of the modern era.