Tom Izzo

Michigan State’s Tom Izzo on coaching contracts, transfer rules

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Tom Izzo spoke at the Monday Morning Quarterback Club down in Birmingham, AL, on Monday, where he did an impressive job of eloquently and intelligently speaking about some of the more controversial topics in college sports without saying much of note.

That’s what we like to call coach-speak.

What was interesting, however, was that Izzo admitted that, at times, he feels guilty for getting his $3 million salary while the players that help him earn it don’t cash in as much.

“Yeah, I have [felt guilty],” he said. “There was a time I said to my wife, ‘It’s almost ridiculous.’ But then there are the problems you have to deal with. I used to think I made too much. Now, I think I don’t make enough because the social media added so many significant problems. There’s a price to pay for being a coach. It usually affects your families, your kids, your health. I definitely think there’s double standards on that. We make more money.”

He’s got a point. Being a college basketball coach is not exactly a glorious lifestyle. The travel can only be defined as grueling. July may as well be wiped off the calendar. Road trips, night games and media responsibilities make missing a family dinner a common occurrence. Local celebrity makes going out to eat a tough thing to do.

They’re well-compensated, but that’s because it’s a difficult, stressful job.

That’s not the only topic that Izzo spoke on, either, as he chimed in on transfer rules and the fact that coaches can leave for any job at any time.

“Maybe that should be stricter, too, if you want the truth,” Izzo said. “I don’t move much so that’s easy for me to say. But I don’t think we can harp on one rule and not abide by the same one. … [But] if a coach leaves, I have a couple-million dollar buyout. There’s some penalty to pay.”

VIDEO: Kentucky’s ‘Dancing Guy’ has scary fall while carrying girl

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Kentucky’s ‘Dancing Guy’ has turned into a fan favorite at Rupp Arena.

Every home game, during one of the TV timeouts in the second half, ‘Mony Mony’ will come on, Dancing Guy will hop into the aisle and he’ll break it down like only a middle-aged white guy from Kentucky can.

As you can see, it didn’t quite go all that well for Dancing Guy on Tuesday night, as he tried to do a rail slide while holding a young, female fan and completely ate it.

Here’s another angle of the fall:

It looks much scarier that it actually was, as all reports indicate that everyone made it through the fall healthy.

No. 5 Xavier stumbles at Creighton, lose 70-54

Creighton's Cole Huff (13) and Toby Hegner, left, guard Xavier's Jalen Reynolds (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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Mo Watson went for a career-high 32 points, seven boards and five assists as Creighton jumped out to an early 21-4 lead and never looked back, beating No. 5 Xavier, 70-54, in Omaha on Tuesday night.

 

It was a massive win for the Bluejays, who still have an outside shot at earning an at-large bid this season. (We wrote all about that here.)

As well as Creighton played, the bigger story here may actually be Xavier, who lost for just the third time this season; they had been the only top ten team with just two losses to their name.

The issue for the Musketeers tonight was two-fold, but they both are a symptom of what could be an issue down the road for this team: Xavier doesn’t really have a true point guard.

They certainly didn’t have anyone to stop Watson. By the second half, they had essentially asked Reynolds, who was playing the middle of their 1-3-1 zone to matchup with Watson. It was weird but was actually somewhat effective.

The Musketeers also started out ice cold from the floor, missing 11 of their first 13 shots, and those misses led to leak outs from Bluejays, who got layups and open threes in transition to build that 17 point lead. Once Xavier got behind, it turned into scramble mode for Xavier. They forced shots early in the clock and didn’t start pounding the ball into the paint until it was too late. What they needed was someone to be able to settle things, to ensure that offensive would get initiated and sets would get executed when they were able to get the lead down to single digits.

That 1-for-19 shooting performance from beyond the arc certainly didn’t help matters, and neither did the fact that they got just nine field goals all game from players not named James Farr or Jalen Reynolds. The most frustrating part for head coach Chris Mack? They had good shots. It wasn’t like Creighton took away everything that Xavier wanted to do.

The kids just had one of those nights where nothing went down.

Those happen.

And when you combine them with a total inability to contain the opposing team’s point guard, what you get is a 16 point loss on the road against a team that was desperate to get a good win.