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Tom-Izzo-to-the-NBA rumors went on hiatus for a couple years, but they're back and rather comical.

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Michigan State basketball is rolling, and the Detroit Pistons are in need of a coach. Naturally, people have started throwing Tom Izzo's name out there, especially after one reporter said the Pistons will target the MSU head coach this summer, without actually saying what makes him think this. The good news is, this will give folks something to talk about while the Spartans focus on beating Virginia on Friday and advancing in the NCAA Tournament. And if a National Championship means Izzo tries his hand at the NBA, so be it, right?

Tom Izzo says he's happy in college | ESPN | espn.com

It's not the same promise he gave for yours ago, but that doesn't sound like a guy itching to coach a terrible NBA team.

Virginia coach Tony Bennett has Michigan State's Adreian Payne on his Sweet 16 brain | MLive | mlive.com

Playing Virginia without giving Bennett five days to prepare would have been ideal.

Izzo knows Virginia basketball and its heritage well | Lansing State Journal | lansingstatejournal.com

But Izzo having that kind of time to prepare to beat a style he already knows well isn't the worst.

New Michigan State basketball recruit Marvin Clark another Izzo guy | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

"He is well put together, embraces physical play and can rebound." Sounds about right.

Spring football: Michigan State out to build on last season's success, starting today | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

Not worried about a Mark Dantonio team losing its edge.