Michigan State’s Tom Izzo did it again. He took his team to the Sweet 16 for their first time since 2019. Following the team’s win against Marquette to get to the Sweet 16, Izzo now has the most wins in NCAA tournament history as the lower-seeded team with 16. They didn’t bring home a win in Thursday’s (March 23) game against Kansas State, but they put up a great fight.
As a MSU graduate, I’m so proud of our Spartans. But, is retirement on the horizon for Izzo? Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski recently retired, and he’s from that exact same era. Plus, Izzo isn’t getting any younger. But, honestly, I’ll cry if Izzo retires. He really is everything MSU.
The good news is that Izzo doesn’t seem to be entertaining the idea of retirement anytime soon. Last October, right after signing a new contract, Izzo had this to say during Big Ten media day: “When the time comes that I don’t enjoy it or when the time comes I can’t take a red-eye from Vegas to Orlando, then it will be time to get out. That is not where I’m at right now in any way shape or form.” That doesn’t sound like anyone nearly ready to step down.
The upcoming season will mark Izzo’s 29th. In the same interview, he added more statements that imply he’s sticking around, including that he wants to win a Big Ten championship, which the Spartans didn’t do this year. “I’ve got some things I’d like to accomplish as a coach for Michigan State and our league. We have to win another Big Ten championship… and I think there’s some exciting things with our league that are happening and our campus with new athletic director, Alan Haller, and (football coach) Mel Tucker, I think we’ve got some great things there to build on. So I’d like to make our university better, my program better, and I’ve been in this league so long that I’d like to continue to grow the Big Ten into what could be the greatest — I think is the greatest basketball (conference) — but I think it could be the greatest conference in the country in all sports.”