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Oregon should try to hire someone who is hirable

Posted on: March 29, 2010 12:33 pm
 

A TV station is reporting that Oregon's prepared to make Tom Izzo college basketball's richest coach.

Assuming it's true -- and with all the misinformation circulating these days, that's nothing more than an assumption -- it's the latest example of school officials forgetting to take a common sense approach to their coaching searches. I mean, I don't doubt the idea of becoming insanely rich is intriguing to Izzo, and I don't doubt Izzo has hinted that he'll listen if only because you listen when Nike founder Phil Knight calls. But there's a massive difference between a man being interested and a man being attainable, and in the middle of those two things is where Tom Izzo resides.

Has Izzo at times felt under-appreciated at Michigan State?

Yes.

Has he been frustrated by it?

Yes.

But Izzo is on his way to his second straight Final Four, and he's the most appreciated coach in the country these days. So he might listen and be genuinely be interested. But when it's time to make the call, does anybody think Izzo could actually pull the so-called trigger and leave Michigan State for Oregon? That's the question Oregon officials should ask themselves before they spend a week waiting on Izzo's season to end. Even if he's intrigued and interested, would he really do it?

Correct answer: No.

Izzo wouldn't do it because he couldn't bring himself to do it.

And that's why Oregon officials would be silly to sit around and wait to make a formal pitch and get a formal rejection. They should throw money at Minnesota's Tubby Smith or Saint Mary's Randy Bennett -- or somebody else who is actually attainable -- get a deal done, introduce their new coach and get to work on rebuilding their program. Oregon swung big at Florida's Billy Donovan, Gonzaga's Mark Few and Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon, but none of those guys are willing to leave the good jobs they have for the Pac-10. Neither is Tom Izzo. Or Mike Krzyzewski. Or Roy Williams, just so we're clear.
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Comments

Since: Jan 10, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2010 12:41 am
 

Oregon should try to hire someone who is hirable

Oregon's coach just got hired!!!! Steve Lavin.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2010 11:32 pm
 

Oregon should try to hire someone who is hirable

I would consider agreeing with you Parrish, but the fact is there are a lot of guys out there that Oregon could still get so what's wrong with fishing for the biggest fish? It isn't likely that Oregon could get Izzo but there is another guy in the Final 4 we definitely have a shot with. We could be waiting for Stevens from Butler, we could triple or double the salary he makes at the moment and I'mm pretty sure he would make the trip out to Eugene. We may not get our first second, third or whatever choice but there is someone out there that is good that will come, and waiting won't hurt us.



Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: March 30, 2010 1:22 pm
 

Oregon should try to hire someone who is hirable

Kentucky fans foolishy ran Tubby Smith out of town.  And Izzo provides the same skillset as Tubby:  second tier recruiting; emphasis on defense; slowdown offense in the halfcourt.  There's simply no way the Big Blue Nation goes back to that style of play, even if it does mean winning championships. 

Incidentally, Izzo's style is also the reason he'd be unlikely to get the nod from other high profile programs: UNC; UCLA; Kansas; or Connecticut.  But I think he'd be a good fit at Duke, though I suspect they'll first have to pry the keys to Cameron Indoor stadium from the cold dead hands of Coach K. 



Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: March 29, 2010 11:22 pm
 

Oregon should try to hire someone who is hirable




Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2010 9:40 pm
 

Oregon should try to hire someone who is hirable

"I'm a Big 10 advocate, but let's face the facts.  Tom Izzo is the reason the Big 10 can boast of consistent Final Fours, at least in the last decade or so.  Otherwise the critics would definitely be correct."
Actually that is pretty far off. And here are the facts:
2000 final 4-Wisconsin and MSU2001-MSU2002-IU2005-Illinois2007-Ohio State2009-MSU2010-MSU
So, while they have been there the most this decade, four other teams from the same conference have got there as well. And getting a team there 7 out of ten years is pretty damn good. 



Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: March 29, 2010 5:10 pm
 

Oregon should try to hire someone who is hirable

to represent the Big Ten, which as he said, seems to keep getting a team into the Final Four -- despite some of the criticism it takes. 
I'm a Big 10 advocate, but let's face the facts.  Tom Izzo is the reason the Big 10 can boast of consistent Final Fours, at least in the last decade or so.  Otherwise the critics would definitely be correct.



Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: March 29, 2010 5:06 pm
 

Oregon should try to hire someone who is hirable

No he won't go to Oregon, but as soon as the UK job opens up after Calipair violations pile up, UK would be fools to ignore him again.



Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: March 29, 2010 4:48 pm
 

Oregon should try to hire someone who is hirable

wow Collegefan4, you make Milton Bradley look easy going and no chips on his shoulders LOL. This decade of the pac Ten basketball teams you rank above the Ducks, who other than the Bruins have been to more Elite 8's than the Ducks? How about a little more research instead of venom my little Husky friend........... 



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2010 4:38 pm
 

Oregon should try to hire someone who is hirable

Izzo's not going anywhere.  As a Big Ten fan, I appreciate the fact he says he is honored to represent Michigan State and to represent the Big Ten, which as he said, seems to keep getting a team into the Final Four -- despite some of the criticism it takes. 



Since: Mar 29, 2010
Posted on: March 29, 2010 3:38 pm
 

Oregon should try to hire someone who is hirable

wow you must hate MSU, first I read your final four piece in which you refused to mention a good thing about MSU and now you write this...yeah we here at MSU really don't know what we have with Tom.  What a load of crap, were you at the pep rallies the last two years?  Did you show up to the mall in troy last year to see the 7000 there in support?  We know we have one of the best in the business so don't give us this crap about us not appreciating what Izzo does for us each and every year.


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