Michigan State people want Tom Izzo to say he isn't interested in the Cleveland Cavaliers, or anybody else. They want him to say he flirted with the NBA 10 years ago and he has been open to offers since, but now he is 55 and will be a Michigan State Spartan for life.
Izzo can't say that. Or he won't. Maybe both.
He can't say it because, if July 1 rolls around and LeBron James tells Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert that, yes, he will re-sign if Izzo is coaching the Cavs, then Izzo would have to consider it. I believe that is the only scenario under which Izzo would leave Michigan State: for an NBA team that is ready to win a championship.
Almost any college coach would take that offer, and I don't see how MSU fans could really fault Izzo if he did. (And that doesn't mean he would, either.)
But there is a more complex issue at play here: Why Izzo won't say no either now or in a month. It says something about Izzo's personality and not necessarily something good or bad, just something.