Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said Monday that he is happy where
he is after a report that Oregon wants to make him the richest
coach in the nation.
KEZI-TV in Eugene, Ore., cited anonymous sources in reporting
that the school plans to offer Izzo college basketball’s largest
contract with help from Nike Inc. co-founder Phil Knight.
“I have not been contacted,” Izzo told The Associated Press on
Monday. “I’m happy here and I’m focused on trying to win another
Izzo led the Spartans to a title a decade ago. He will take them
to the college basketball’s showcase this weekend for the sixth
time in 12 seasons, a string of success accomplished only by UCLA’s
John Wooden and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski in NCAA history.
Kentucky gave John Calipari a $31.65 million, eight-year
contract last year, the largest known deal for a college basketball
coach. Private schools, such as Duke, aren’t required by law to
reveal what it pays coaches.
Izzo is earning more than $3 million per season at Michigan
State and is under contract through 2016.
Oregon dismissed Ernie Kent, its winningest coach, two weeks ago
after 13 seasons at his alma mater. The Ducks were 16-16 overall
and 7-11 in the Pac-10 last season.
The Atlanta Hawks once tried to lure Izzo to the NBA and his
name has been mentioned over the years as a candidate to lead
Kentucky and Kansas, among other schools.
Izzo is in his 15th season at Michigan State, where he was
promoted to replace Jud Heathcote when he retired following the
He helped the Spartans beat Tennessee on Sunday, earning a trip
to Indianapolis — where he won the school’s second national
title in 2000 — and a matchup with the hometown Butler