there would have to be some to wash away
As I read a newly released article on ESPN claiming the Mountain West has Kansas and Missouri and their radar, I wonder: can Kansas set up a split conference deal for their football and basketball programs (sort of) how ND is?
I can't see Kansas joining the MWC for all athletics as it would completely bring down their basketball legacy by being in a two-bit conference (for basketball that is).
If they can split conferences, where do you see them going? Personally I can see them joining the SEC before the Big Ten, ACC, or Big East. Imagine Kansas vs. Kentucky every year.
So the gist of it all is that Izzo will announce tomorrow (Saturday) whether he will stay in EL or go to Cleveland. The stories have been told, the blogs have been a-buzzin, and the talking heads have been doing their part. So after all of that, it's late-night Friday and I want to know what y'all think... Does he stay or does he go?
I think he punches the Cleveland ticket and takes the job. Regardless of whether King James returns or not, this is Tom's time and he would be advised to ackowledge it. In my never-so-humble opinion, Izzo is in a great situation in Cleveland. We all know the potential upside if Lebron stays, but if Lebron goes elsewhere and Tom has accepted the job, then he (Izzo) will have all the excuses in the world why his team "sucks" and he'll be able to go about fixing/tinkering/teaching/drafting a better team for the future.
I think Tom Izzo will accept the job with the Cleveland Cavaliers - what do you think?
Per Jim Comparoni (and RT by MGoBlog), Izzo has cancelled his golf outing in Lansing. This, despite the football team soldiering ahead, comes in the face of rumors of a 4 pm press conference.
In Jim's words
msu football coaches are at lansing country club. he was supposed to golf with dantonio today. msu fball coaches say it doesn't look good
We'll see what develops but Izzo is in his 50's and as one writer stated "if he had any intention of going to the NBA, it's likely now or never." MSU administration has to be sick of the constant flux his aspirations have put them in, despite the fact Izzo has handled his interests as classy as possible, leading to some legitimately level-headed responses from members of tRCMB (lol wut?!)
We shall see. In the meantime thought it would be good to get one topic up for all of the stuff sure to come today.
Update: As of 11 am EST, Larry Lage reports that Izzo has not made a decision. Further, one of the planes that has been tied to the Cavs is headed to Boston, where it is believed Scott still is. Also no confirmation of 4 pm presser.
For any of you interested in a change of pace, UMHoops' Joe Stapleton attended a meet and greet with Lavall Jordan, newly hired Michigan Basketball Assistant Coach. I like the hire and Lavall seems like a solid coach.
Favorite quote from Lavall: "I'm as excited as a kid in a candy store right now."
I think he stays, especially with the sentiments of his former players mixed in. It would be bittersweet if he left anyways; maybe good for Michigan now, but in the long run bad for Michigan.
I did find it interesting as well that LeBron claimed that Cleveland "has an edge" in signing him.
Edit: Forgot the link.
Edit#2: Alright then, I give. I will say once more though, for the record, that I love beating the pants off the Spartans. Tom Izzo seems like one of the good guys though, that does things the right way, and does honor to his team and our conference. He is good for the State of Michigan, does right by his community, and is a damn fine basketball coach. I am a born and raised Wolverine, married to a fine lady Wolverine, and the son, grandson, and brother of Wolverines. Yet I am not so proud as to wish a native Michigander exile in that horrible place to the south.
So go ahead, I realize the negbangers are weak POSs that want our BBall program to be spoon-fed back to prominence rather than be built the right way.
Not sure if this has been posted yet but it appears one Steve Hawkins at WMU is a little upset with John Beilein: