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|If Tom Izzo leaves, there's no clear succesor currently on Michigan State's staff.|
At the end of the day, this story is panic-inducing not so much because I think there's a high probability Izzo will leave, but because the consequences are potentially so earth-shattering. There's no clear heir apparent to take over as MSU's head coach. Promoting the top assistant only makes sense when there's a transition period before the promotion happens. With Tom Crean's move to IU and the mini-implosion of Jim Boylen's Utah's team this past season, Brian Gregory would seem like the logical choice among former Izzo assistants. He'd be a solid choice, but it's worth nothing he's only made the NCAA Tournament twice in seven years at Dayton--the first appearance occurring in his first season there. (He also won the NIT championship this past season.) If Izzo really left, MSU would have to take a hard look at hiring a well-established coach from another program with lesser financial resources (two names that jump out at me: Brad Stevens, Jamie Dixon).