Michigan State basketball: 3 reasons Tom Izzo is on verge of second title

Tom Izzo, Michigan State basketball (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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1. Tom Izzo is rejuvented

There’s something to be said about a head coach’s mentality when he dominates on the recruiting trail and picks up the biggest commitment of his coaching career followed by the No. 1 shooting guard in the upcoming class. To say that it prolongs a career is one thing, but rejuvenates is probably a better word.

According to a report from SpartanMag, Tom Izzo made an appearance on the Jim Rome Show to talk about his career and what’s on the horizon. He spoke candidly and these quotes stood out:

"“I’m rejuvenated,” Izzo said. “I’m fortunate in what I’ve got and I work at a great place. We’ve been through a lot here in the last three or four years, but I think there are better time’s ahead. “I’ve got a second championship to win and I’ve got players to get to the NBA.”"

Hearing a coach who seems to be on the path toward retirement or at least in the back-nine of his career say he’s “rejuvenated” and that he has “a second championship to win” is refreshing for any fan. He basically admitted that he has one goal on his mind and that’s to bring a second national title to East Lansing.

Izzo has been chasing that elusive No. 2 for years and came close in 2019, but lost to Texas Tech in the Final Four. The 2019-20 season may have also yielded one, but the tourney was cancelled.

Now that he’s rejuvenated and recruiting success has perked him up, he seems to be gearing up for his biggest push yet and stockpiling all this talent is only going to help.

A rejuvenated Izzo is bad news for the rest of college basketball.

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