Tom Izzo agrees to new contract at Michigan State making him a Spartan for life
Tom Izzo is officially a Spartan for life. The Michigan State basketball coach agreed to a new contract, the school announced Thursday. Izzo has agreed to a new a 5-year rollover deal that will pay him $6.2 million annually.
“Twelve years ago, Tom Izzo said he would be a Spartan for Life, and today’s announcement further demonstrates and renews this commitment,” MSU Director of Athletics Alan Haller said in the school’s release. “We have worked collaboratively to come up with a contract which benefits the University, Coach Izzo and his family.
Izzo got his start at Michigan State in 1983. He has been the Spartans’ head coach since 1995, helping the program win the NCAA Tournament in 2000. Izzo’s many accomplishments at Michigan State include 10 regular-season Big Ten Championships, 6Big Ten Tournament titles, 8 Final Four appearances and 8 National Coach of the Year awards. He has led Michigan State to a Big Ten-record 24 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, equaling the record for most NCAA Tournament appearances by a Division I men’s coach.
In February, he became the Big Ten’s all-time winningest coach, passing Bob Knight. Heading into his 28th season with the Spartans, Izzo’s record is 666-267.
“Michigan State has been a home to me and my family for 40 years and I’m ecstatic to sign this contract,” Izzo said via MSU. “It means a great deal to me that the Board of Trustees, President Stanley, Alan Haller and the University continue to have the confidence in our program as we strive to be not only the best men’s basketball team in the country, but to play a role in helping every program in the department achieve success.
“We have worked hard to maintain championship standards and I’m as energized to coach now as I was when I started as the head coach in 1995. When you look at the last 10-12 seasons in men’s basketball and football, both under Coach (Mark) Dantonio and Coach (Mel) Tucker, you’d be hard-pressed to find a school with more success. But I know the best is yet to come – not only for our two programs, but for the entire department. This is an exciting time for Michigan State and there’s no better place to be in college athletics, with the support we have from the University, our students, our community and the tremendous Spartan alumni. I love Michigan State and I am proud and excited to continue the hard work to bring another national championship to East Lansing.”
Spartan for Life.
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