Tom Izzo weighs in on Michigan State's football coaching search
With Mark Dantonio out at Michigan State, Tom Izzo is helping the athletic department find a new head football coach. While he hasn’t played a pivotal role in the search process, the long-tenured basketball coach is doing what he can.
Izzo met with the media on Monday for his weekly press conference and was asked about what he’s done to help with bringing a new football coach to the school. He said he’s been kept involved with the process and has helped “a little bit” along the way.
“I will talk to some people, I will do some things,” Izzo said, according to Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press. “We’re gonna get a good football coach.”
"Football coach at Michigan State to me is way more important to me than a basketball coach." Says it "carries a lot of your athletic department." https://t.co/npLXvQ7841
— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) February 10, 2020
Those comments came just a few hours after Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell turned down the job, despite being the top candidate for the job. Iowa State’s Matt Campbell, Colorado’s Mel Tucker and Pitt’s Pat Narduzzi have also expressed that they have no interest in taking the job in East Lansing.
Other potential names that have circulated are Central Michigan’s Jim McElwain, Eastern Michigan’s Chris Creighton and former Wisconsin and Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema.
Izzo also acknowledged that landing a great football coach is important for the university, as the sport “carries a lot of your athletic department.”
“Football coach at Michigan State to me is way more important to me than a basketball coach,” he said.
Dantonio opted to resign last Tuesday, forcing Michigan State to search for a head coach for the 2020 season. Mike Tressel is currently serving as the acting head coach.