As LeBron James Leaves, a Content Man Remains: Tom Izzo at MSU

Faygo KidContributor IJuly 8, 2010

DETROIT - APRIL 03:  Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans laughs during practice prior to the Final Four of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Ford Field on April 3, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Could it be that just a few short weeks ago—mid-June, in fact, the basketball world's attention was focused on whether Tom Izzo would leave Michigan State for Dan Gilbert's millions and the chance to coach LeBron James?  Can anyone really now believe that Izzo being named coach would have kept LeBron in Cleveland?

Commentators called the attention surrounding a possible Izzo to Cleveland hire "madness."  The frenzy moved away from Izzo only to grow exponentially surrounding LeBron James.  Next week the sporting world's attention will be riveted on the next "will he- won't he" situation, but the controversy surrounding LeBron's changed circumstances will continue to swirl—change of that magnitude always does.

Meanwhile, I like to think that for the rest of the summer, anyway, somewhere in mid-Michigan, there is a hammock and a nice tropical drink with Tom Izzo's name on them, as he returns from a recruiting trip or maybe just a round of golf. 

Decision looks pretty good now, coach.  In fact, better than pretty good.  Cheers.