Izzo Announces Decision To Remain At MSU
June 15, 2010
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Michigan State Athletics Director Mark Hollis:
"Over the past week, Coach Izzo addressed a personal opportunity that he did not seek out. He owed it to himself to completely understand, evaluate, reflect and come to a conclusion that will be part of his life forever. And we owed it to him to allow this process to happen. Throughout the process, his heart was always at MSU.
"I'd like to thank the students, alumni and fans of Michigan State University for their concerns and thoughts. This has been and anxious process for everyone and their support and patience was much appreciated by everyone.
"It's now time to turn our attention to the future. This is not a time to rest, but to improve. I know Coach Izzo is committed to pursuing championships and improving not only his own basketball program, but also the entire athletic department and Michigan State University. It's that Team MSU attitude that truly makes him our special coach."
Michigan State Men's Basketball Coach Tom Izzo:
"Throughout the entire process, Dan Gilbert and the entire Cleveland organization has been nothing but class. His professionalism and caring nature for me, my family and Michigan State have been impressive. I wish him nothing but the best in his quest to win a world championship. Just as I decided to stay home, I hope a 6-8, 270-pound forward in Cleveland decides to stay home.
"We have a great team returning next year with incredibly high goals. I've repeatedly said I have greater goals for our program and that remains unchanged. Tops on that list is becoming one of just seven schools with three or more NCAA Championships. I'm also driven to continue to raise the perception of our program to an elite level.
"The entire Michigan State community has been terrific. I'm almost embarrassed by some of the acts of support, but I'm certainly touched. I tried to approach this decision in a rational manner, but my heart was always at MSU.
"My goals are not limited to Spartan basketball. I want to do whatever I can to make our entire athletic department and university better. Most important is helping Mark Dantonio and his football team attain its goal of winning a Big Ten Championship and playing in the Rose Bowl."
Michigan State President Lou Anna K. Simon:
"Tom's integral role and respect at MSU earned him the right to take the necessary time to reach his decision. Like others, I wanted the good news earlier, but the wait was worth it. Tom did what Tom does best: he devised a rigorous and thorough game plan that put him, his family, and this university in the best position to win. His decision is a winner for all of Team MSU, the state of Michigan, college basketball, and intercollegiate athletics in general."
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