Michigan State stockpiles for 2016, Tom Izzo signs extension through 2020

If you haven’t heard the news, veteran Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo signed another multi-year contract through the 2020-2021 season.  Izzo will be entering his 21st season coaching the Spartans, when he took over for the retirement of popular coach Jud Heathcote.

The deal, reported initially by USA Today and reiterated on June 17 by CBSSports.com had Izzo earning $3.5 million per year.

He also got some more great news this past weekend, as 6’6″ five-star combo guard from Alabama by the name of Josh Langford inked a letter of intent to enroll at Michigan State following his senior year this coming winter.  He also considered signing on with Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, and Michigan.

This news comes off the earlier release that power forward Nick Ward, who hails from Ohio will also be sporting the Gang Green colors a few seasons down the road.

And just fyi–Tom Izzo only needs five more victories this coming November to join the 500 win club.

As North Carolina braces for possible NCAA sanctions, Roy Williams to stick around for the remainder of the decade

With the popular UNC/former Kansas coach getting a steady raise in salary from a little over $408,000 to close to $600,000 when this current deal that was signed on Friday ends after the 2019-2020 season, we will have to see what the ramifications will be involving UNC’s academic scandal in what the NCAA has termed as, “impermissible-benefits situation”.  They also cite the players going to study hall too often as an allegation under, “lack of institutional control.”

Finally, some very tragic news

Just crossed the wires as I typed this blog at 2:43 p.m. Eastern time:

Wofford reserve player Jeremiah Tate (who played in only 13 games) drowned early this morning while jumping into Lake Wylie while taking time off from his summer duties as a YMCA camp counselor.  He and a friend decided to take a jump from the Buster Boyd Bridge and into that lake, and Tate who would have turned 20 on August 5 did not resurface.

In a statement posted on CBSSports.com, Wofford Athletic Director Richard stated:

“The entire Wofford College family is devastated and saddened today by the loss of Jeremiah Tate.  Jeremiah was such a dedicated, loved and respected member of the men’s basketball team. He had a wonderful personality and had many friends on campus extending outside of the athletic department. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences are with his family.  He will truly be missed.”

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The month of July will feature more releases by the schools of their 2016-2017 schedules, and many coaches will take their NCAA allowed three-week recruiting trips away from campus.

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