If you’ve got a nod of approval from Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, your tenure in the Big Ten is off on the right foot.
Tempering some dissent stemming from the conference’s decision to move its end-of-year tournament eastward, set to be played at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., in 2017, Izzo painted the Big Ten as an expansive and inclusive in an interview with Comcast SportsNet.
“The Big Ten schools are all very big schools and we have great alumni bases everywhere and the East Coast is one of them,” he said. “So, I think we’re going to have a lot of people out here that are excited.”
Anecdotal evidence might not be the most rock-solid proof for Izzo at the moment when trying to dissuade the detractors from the Big Ten’s base, but it might be the best until we have a better gauge on how the proposed move ends up working.
“I just met three kids today that were, you know, Michigan State people,” he said. “Their parents were and they’re here and so anytime you can please your alums, sometimes those alums give back to the schools and it’s a win-win-win and having a school like the University of Maryland is awesome for us and hopefully we’re good for them.”
If early projections of increased value hold up, he’s probably right, at least when it comes to the conference’s bottom line.