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Michigan State's President Says Tom Izzo Isn't Taking The Detroit Pistons Head Coaching Job

A closeup of Michigan State Spartans coach Tom Izzo during practic

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 03: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans looks on during practice for the NCAA Men's Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Tom Izzo, who has been at Michigan State since 1983 and has been the head coach of the men's basketball team since 1995, will reportedly not be leaving the school for the NBA this offseason. Michigan State interim president John Engler, speaking at a Detroit Free Press event on Thursday morning, confirmed that Izzo will not be taking the Detroit Pistons job.

Engler also apparently stood up for both Izzo and the school's head football coach Mark Dantonio. Both had come under fire this past year after a bombshell ESPN report regarding how their programs had handled sexual assault, violence and gender discrimination accusations.

Kyle Austin of has been tweeting updates from the event.

It's unclear whether Izzo was ever actually offered the job. He was mentioned as a potential candidate by a number of publications, but the Pistons never confirmed or denied any reports.

Detroit, after a 39-43 campaign, fired head coach Stan Van Gundy, who had coached the team since 2014. The Pistons finished ninth in the Eastern Conference - one spot out of the playoffs.

Izzo is one of the most successful college basketball coaches of all time. Since 1995, he's led the Spartans to seven Final Four appearances and one national title. He's also won the Big Ten regular season title eight times and the Big Ten Tournament title five times. Many have wondered if he'll ever take the next step and try leading an NBA team - it doesn't look like that's about to happen just yet.