If Billy Donovan is college basketball’s top candidate to leave for the NBA each offseason, Tom Izzo is probably No. 2. The Michigan State men’s basketball coach is seemingly involved in an NBA coaching rumor every spring.
Izzo, 59, has yet to leave East Lansing, Mich. for the league. One of his former players, Morris Peterson, who won a national championship in 2000, doesn’t think he’ll ever depart from the Spartans.
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In an interview with MLive.com, Peterson discussed his former coach’s future.
“I think coach is a Spartan for life,” Peterson said. “But to turn down all that money over the years, I think he may have turned down $100 million.
“It’s tough, but that lets you know what’s in his heart and who’s in his heart — and the program. What coach has been able to build over the years, it’s been great and it’s hard to just walk away from that.”
Izzo said in early May that he wouldn’t “slam the door shut” on the NBA while making an appearance on The Jim Rome Show. He said he doesn’t plan on leaving Michigan State, though.
“You know, people have said that for 15 years and I’m still here. Ain’t broke, why fix it? I don’t plan on going anywhere, and yet I don’t know if anybody slammed the door on anything,” Izzo said.