August 3rd, 2010 at 8:54 PM ^

First of all I have no idea what type of kid Chris Allen is, what background he comes from, or any details on why he was kicked off the team. That said, I find it very interesting that the only player who is not from the midwest on the entire MSU team is the one who is the supposed lazy, prima donna. Whether you hate him or not, everyone can agree that Izzo is a great coach who emphasizes toughness, defense, and hard work, and that the players who buy in can see through his intensity and see a coach who loves his players. It appears the midwestern stereotype of gritty, hardworking players played out in this one case. Do you think this a coincidence, or does the midwest's blue-collar background truly produce a player more capable of playing under a coach like Izzo?

Maize Rage

August 3rd, 2010 at 11:12 PM ^

I am pretty sure region has nothing to do with this; and I had not heard anyone suggest Allen is any of those things mentioned.

It does not look good for Izzo to kick a senior off the team, who apparently did not commit any specific violation. Transfer rules are brutal for basketball and even more difficult academically for a senior to transfer his credits. I feel for Allen.

Mitch Cumstein

August 3rd, 2010 at 11:03 PM ^

If I recall correctly there were unsubstantiated rumors about Allen and Summers having some sort of a conflict involving a girlfriend. I know that this will probably never be confirmed even if it was true, but perhaps this had something to do with it. I might have just made that up, but I think I remember hearing something like that a few months ago. One final disclaimer, this might not be true.

Maize Rage

August 3rd, 2010 at 11:22 PM ^

Unless there is some substantial evidence, it is best not to keep repeating rumors.

We have no idea what happened and we should just leave it at that.

EDIT- this is in response to BlueInTheFace's comment

Mitch Cumstein

August 3rd, 2010 at 11:28 PM ^

I would delete the post if I could.  I was just curious if that was actually true or not, but as mentioned above, we will probably never find out.  My appolgies for bringing it up. We definitely know that it will be a loss for MSU especially on the defensive end*.

Edit: *As you mentioned above.