There's been a lot of unconfirmed speculations about Izzo leaving Michigan State to coach the Cleveland Cavs. I am still not 100% how I feel about it. A big part of me wants Izzo to stay at MSU because he has been able to build a dynasty of a program and without him on the bench, I'm assuming that will just fall off the national radar. I'm sure the current players will transfer and unless they find another greatly well-known coach to immediately replace him, recruiting would certainly also suffer. The other part of me would not mind him in Cleveland. I think it would be great for a friend of mine who worked all through college on Izzo's staff and this past season was helped by Izzo to get a job with the Cavs - it would certainly help that friend to further establish himself within the Cavs organization. The other interesting scenario is what effect it may have on LeBron - would it sway him to stay or to go? The Cavs have said that LeBron has had no decisions or input in the entire coaching decisions, but it certainly will play a role in his next career move.
According to PDCavsInsider's tweets, this is what Izzo's trip to Cleveland was like: Izzo, his wife, and his son flew down to Cleveland with Cav's owner, Dan Gilbert. They reportedly spent around 8.5 hours in town. Then Izzo and his wife and son flew back to Lansing by themselves. Apparently there are a bunch of State fans waiting his arrival back in Lansing to show their support for him to stay. I believe there was also a fan-led rally for Izzo tonight outside of the Breslin Center. I was actually right outside the basketball arena this evening about 30 minutes before the rally was supposed to begin and already noticed people arriving with the MSU-gear on and camera crews getting set-up on the scene. I don't have any inside information, but it certainly is interesting to watch as things unfold. This just adds to the craziest summer in the history of the NBA. What a rush!! Hahaa.
Read more about the Cav's coaching possibilities HERE.