Friday night, Tom Izzo and his Michigan State Spartans will take the court against Virginia in the East Region semifinal. It’s been yet another successful NCAA Tournament run for Izzo, just another reason he’s one of the greatest college coaches in history. But, with that also comes along the rumors that he might be interested in the NBA, in particular a move to take over the Detroit Pistons, rumors that Izzo has shot down.
But why does Izzo shoot them down so quickly and be honest about his job status? Well, that’s because he doesn’t want to make the same mistake of one of college football’s most powerful coaches, Nick Saban.
“No comment always means you’re hiding something,” Izzo said. “A comment, like my buddy, Nick Saban, ‘I will not be the Alabama coach.’ They play that on radio stations until the end — OK, tell me what you want me to say if I was really interested in the Detroit job right now. What is fair to my team, my school? So if I was really interested, I probably wouldn’t say I’m not interested. I’ve even gone to the point now where I say, ‘I can never say never,’ because I don’t want to be in Nick’s thing. I love Nick, he’s a good friend, and I understand that happens because the timing of everything.”
Of course, Izzo is referring to when Saban was the coach of the Miami Dophins in the NFL, and vehemently denied rumors that he was to become the coach of Alabama–which he did not long after.