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Kids, politicians eager for Izzo's decision

Jun 14, 2010, 10:16 PM EDT

Dale G. Young / AP

Everyone in Michigan wants to know what Tom Izzo’s doing. Friday it was fans gathering outside the Breslin Center. Today, it was an inquisitive camper and state lawmakers. 

Bill Ford Jr. must be next.

A bipartisan group of seven Michigan lawmakers (Izzo’s apparently the unifier) wrote the coach encouraging him to stay in East Lansing, according to The Hill.com. And they laid it on thick:

“Coach Izzo, you certainly have had great success on the basketball court, with an NCAA National Championship, six Final Four appearances and four National Coach of the Year awards,” the lawmakers wrote. “Far more important than that in our eyes, however, is that you have been an ambassador for Michigan, a philanthropist and the kind of leader of student athletes of whom every Michigander can be proud.

“Coach Izzo, we wish you nothing but the best of luck in the future, a future we certainly hope includes you and your family remaining in East Lansing focused on continuing to win titles at Michigan State, change young men’s lives and promote Michigan on the national stage.”

Tough to top the camper, though. A kid at Michigan State’s week-long basketball camp showed no fear Monday morning, asking Izzo if he was heading to Cleveland. Not that the coach liked the query.

“Bad question,” Izzo said. “[the media] want to know that.”

That kid’s got a future as a sports blogger/writer.

Mike Miller’s also on Twitter, usually talkin’ hoops.

  1. Isaura Balmaceda - Jun 23, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal’s deprecating criticism of some of the Obama administration’s lead functionaries has left the president a stark decision: look across remarks that border on rebellion, or terminate his top commanding officer at a important moment in Afghanistan. I would not want to be in Obama’s situation right now, even if these two men are assembling today to talk it through. Most dumb to make national lousy remarks about your boss like that though.

  2. Dong Standahl - Oct 20, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    Thanks for passing along your insights. I question what the yet to come holds in regards to this.

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