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If Izzo leaves, he would be making a jump perhaps only one highly successful college coach -- Lou Carnesecca -- has made with similar roots at a program.
Carnesecca was an assistant to Joe Lapchick at St. John's from 1956-65 and took over as head coach from 1966-70 before leaving to coach the ABA's New York Nets for three seasons. Carnesecca returned to St. John's in 1974 and remained there until 1992.
Michigan State wouldn't be able to truly replace Izzo if he goes, but it might have to try to do just that if he can't turn down an opportunity to perhaps make $6 million -- doubling his salary -- while coaching a team that might include one of the world's best basketball players.
Gregory, Tulsa's Doug Wojcik, Utah's Jim Boylen -- all assistants under Izzo -- likely would be on the list of candidates, along with Michigan State associate head coach Mark Montgomery and Dwayne Stephens. Both played for the Spartans when Izzo was a relatively unknown assistant for Jud Heathcote.
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