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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  "I"m a little more optimistic with not only how good we can be,'' Izzo said, "but also, our ability to compete for a championship.'' The way the Spartans' returning players and newcomers have been working have everything to do with Izzo's optimism.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  The state of Michigan landed two coaches in the Sporting News' top 25 active coaches among the six major sports (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, college football, college hoops). Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo ranks No. 11.

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Misc. cbssports.com —  Ask anyone in East Lansing, an alumnus of the university or someone who knows college sports well: Michigan State is a football school. Yet Tom Izzo remains the face of Spartans athletics. And now Sparty has arguably the most innovative athletic director, Mark Hollis, running the ship. That's why it's no surprise MSU was near the top -- finishing second, in fact -- in the annual CBSSports.com Best in College Sports Award. The school has grown into an athletic power beyond the two revenue-driving sports.
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Men's Basketball tbd.radio.cbssports.com —  “Not being there on a daily basis, you do worry about distractions,” Michigan State coaching legend Tom Izzo said on The Morning Show. “If there’s one thing that changed my job in college, it’s distractions – and distractions can eat anybody alive, especially if you’re in the public eye. I think the more distractions you have, the harder it is to do your job. Some people deal with them better than others, and yet, the guy’s 21 years old, and you got to have a life, too.”
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Men's Basketball detroit.cbslocal.com —  Tom Izzo spoke with The Karsch and Anderson show this morning about MSU hoops, recruiting, and a new project he’s working on to help sports fans get organized. He also spent some time talking about LeBron James and his decision 2.0.
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Men's Basketball coachingsearch.247sports.com —  The issue of balancing athletics and academics has long been an issue for college sports, but Tom Izzo says it all comes down to relationships. As North Carolina goes through an investigation regarding athletes and classes, a group of college basketball coaches joined a panel on ESPN’s Outside The Lines to talk about the big picture Most universities discourage coaches from having direct communication with professors about a player's academic issues. Izzo says that hurts the ability to form relationships and makes it difficult for everyone involved.
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Men's Basketball espn.go.com —  Tom Izzo has amassed 468 wins, 17 consecutive NCAA tournament bids, six Final Fours and one national championship in his time in East Lansing, Michigan, a career that numerically more than speaks for itself. But what makes Izzo tick? How did he achieve that success? There are the obvious answers -- a smart basketball mind, savvy recruiting and maybe a little luck -- but to get the real answers, you have to dig a little deeper. So we asked some people who know Izzo well just that.
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Men's Basketball espn.go.com —  Expecting Final Fours is silly, because getting to the Final Four is insanely hard. Here's the most impressive thing you can say about Izzo, then: In his 19 seasons in East Lansing, Izzo has made the whole thing look so rote that it's more surprising when his teams don't get to the Final Four than when they do. That is just one of many impressive things about Izzo, obviously.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  It appears that ESPN will rank Michigan State’s Tom Izzo among the top three coaches in college basketball. The countdown, revealed daily on ESPN.com, had Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski ranked at No. 4 on Tuesday, leaving Izzo as a notable omission on the top 50 list.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  “There were reasons we did what we did, there were educated reasons,” Izzo said. “It wasn’t like we were just pie in the sky, let’s go after this guy. We did, it didn’t work out, so we’ve kind of re-looked at things, like I’ve done a couple of times in my career, not to try to get a smaller guy, just know who you’re recruiting against, what you’re doing. I kind of like the direction we’re right now.”
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Men's Basketball youtube.com —  MSU basketball coach Tom Izzo joined Staudt on Sports Friday morning to discuss some of his players who were taken in Thursday's NBA Draft and more.


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Men's Basketball freep.com —  If Tom Izzo is going to be judged on producing NBA players, he'd like people to look at Draymond Green - a second-round pick in 2012 who has laid the foundation for a long career in two seasons with Golden State.
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Men's Basketball hollandsentinel.com —  Every year, when the NBA Draft looms, Tom Izzo's phone starts ringing. NBA teams want to know about his players. Players want advice. People what to know his predictions. But Izzo doesn't have the same feel he once did on who is truly interested in his guys. The reason is simple to to the Michigan State coach: Social media. "Because of the social media, even GMs and coaches are playing everything so close to the vest. It wasn't like this five years ago," Izzo told Michigan sports editors Wednesday in East Lansing. "Because of the social media, it takes on a life of its own."
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Men's Basketball highschoolsports.mlive.com —  Khari Willis knows he’ll be playing football at Michigan State University. He does not yet know if he’ll attempt to be a two-sport athlete for the Spartans.
But MSU men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo isn’t likely to discourage him.
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Men's Basketball detroitnews.com —  Harris is projected by some as a lottery pick and Adreian Payne shouldn't be far behind. It would be the fourth time Izzo has had two players go in the first round and the first time since 2006.
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