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Izzo in line for Olympics?

May 16, 2012 - Burt Angeli
With Mike Krzyzewski announcing his departure as head coach of the U.S. men's basketball team, there’s talk of Iron Mountain’s Tommy Izzo taking over.

“USA Basketball needs a proven winner who has energy, time, cache, media savvy and (most important) expertise in winning tournament games with a quick turnaround,” Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press observed.

That seems to fit Izzo, Michigan State’s highly-successful coach.

"I'm not sure I would even have a shot at it, to be honest with you," Izzo told Rosenberg. "I would think everybody would be interested. That's always been a dream and goal of mine. But I think they'll go with a pro coach, I really do."

Rosenberg stated, “If USA Basketball turns to the college ranks, Izzo is not just a candidate. He may be the best candidate.”

Izzo, apparently, would be happy with any job serving the country.

"I might be interested in being the ball boy. I swear to you."

Rosenberg concluded, “Tom Izzo could do the job. And he wants the job. The tricky part is actually getting the job.”



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