Raise Well Deserved
Posted Nov 19, 2010

Tom Izzo has become the face of Michigan State Basketball since becoming head coach in 1995. Now, sixteen years later, Izzo has been placed in the same class as others in his profession.

While those who follow Spartans basketball have little problem with the new compensation package, some on the outside may question the motives. In the end, Michigan State did the right thing.

Michigan State did the right thing by giving men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo more money and use of a private jet on Thursday. In the world of major college athletics, Izzo is one of the best in the business and like any CEO of a major corporation, will now be paid in accordance to those at the top of his profession.

On Thursday, Michigan State Athletic director Mark Hollis announced Izzo’s new $500,000 raise and use of a private jet for 25 hours for personal use.

While Izzo had not complained about his compensation package, each year outsiders have tried to lure the Spartans head coach away from East Lansing with the latest being the NBA. Now, Izzo will find his pay in line with John Calipari (Kentucky), and Mike Krzyzeweski (Duke).

Izzo has compiled a 366-146 record during his tenure as the Spartans head coach making six Final Fours and winning a National Championship during the 1999-2000 season. Izzo has led the Spartans to back-to-back Final Four appearances the last two seasons, and built a program talked about at the top of college basketball.

While some may question the pay increase and timing of the release, it should be known Tom Izzo has become the face of Spartans Basketball and well deserving of the compensation he will receive for his continued service since 1983.

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