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Staying Put: Tom Izzo Rejects Cavs Job, Stays with Michigan

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo will stay at the school.  Izzo rejected the Cavaliers head coaching job Tuesday night.

In a statement released by the school, Izzo said, "When making a life decision, I owed it to myself and my family to do my due diligence. From that I never wavered. And I'm pleased to say I am here for life at Michigan State."

He went on to say, "Throughout the entire process, Dan Gilbert and the entire Cleveland organization has been nothing but class. His professionalism and caring nature for me, my family and Michigan State have been impressive. I wish him nothing but the best in his quest to win a world championship. Just as I decided to stay home, I hope a 6-8, 270-pound forward in Cleveland decides to stay home."

Izzo meet with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and the team's G.M. Chris Grant last week, but left town without a deal.  Izzo meet with his Michigan State basketball team and the school's athletic director Mark Hollis last Friday.

It was reported the Cavaliers offered Izzo a five-year, $30 million deal with other incentives like use of a jet.  Izzo makes about $3 million a year with Michigan State.

After hearing of Izzo's decision the Cavaliers released  this statement:

"The entire Cleveland Cavalier organization has nothing but respect and admiration for Coach Izzo and his family. Tom is a special person in so many unique and positive ways. We only wish great things for him and his family in all the years ahead."
-Dan Gilbert
Cavaliers owner

The Cavaliers coaching search now turns to former New Orleans coach Byron Scott.  Scott was interviewed over the phone last week.

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