- Mark Schlabach, ESPN Senior Writer
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Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said Monday that he hasn't been contacted by Oregon officials about replacing former Ducks coach Ernie Kent.
An Oregon TV station reported Monday that Oregon officials are ready to offer Izzo the richest coaching contract in college basketball history. KEZI-TV reported school officials confirmed Izzo is on Oregon's short list of candidates.
"I haven't been contacted," Izzo said. "The truth of the matter, whenever you have success, you get to be one of 10 names that pop up on these lists. I haven't been contacted, and I'm not going to comment on it again. I have a job to do, and I'm happy with the job I have."
Izzo, a native of Iron Mountain, Mich., is one of only seven coaches in history to lead their teams to the Final Four at least six times.
The No. 5-seeded Spartans play No. 5-seeded Butler in Saturday's national semifinals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Izzo addressed the Oregon rumors on "SportsCenter."