"Nobody knows what (Izzo) is going to do, but I just want to thank all y'all," Nix told the crowd. "I'm emotional about all this. I don't want Coach Izzo to leave."
It's a moving moment. Tom Izzo means so much to his school, to Michigan State fans and, yes, to his players, more than any outsider can understand until you see communal spectacles like Thursday night's rally. Spartans basketball will live on long after Izzo goes, whether he goes today or in another 10 years. But for many of those fans, without Izzo, MSU hoops won't quite be the same.