March 22, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo watches warm ups before the game against the Louisville Cardinals in the semifinals of the west region of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Who Will Coach Team USA Basketball In 2016? Tom Izzo Mentioned

Mike Krzyzewski's London tour of duty with Team USA may not be his last, if Jerry Colangelo can sway him. If Coach K steps away, Michigan State's Tom Izzo could step in.

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Mike Krzyzewski Reiterates He's Done Coaching Team USA After Gold-Medal Game

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has been Team USA's coach since 2005, but that run will end after Sunday's gold medal game against Spain. He restated to media that he will step down from the role of head coach of the United States' senior men's basketball team after these Olympics on Saturday:

Krzyzewski had left open the possibility of staying with the team beyond the London Games, but before practice on Saturday said these will be his last Olympics.

When asked if he was sure, Krzyzewski didn't hesitate before again saying, "yes,'' this will be his last game.

The news, obviously, isn't shocking, as this was somewhat expected. Coach K will be either 53-1 or 52-2 in his tenure after Sunday's showdown, he already has won one gold medal and one World Championships title, with his only loss coming a year after he took the job in the semifinals of the 2006 World Championships to Greece.

Most importantly, Krzyzewski added a semblance of stability to a program that typically didn't focus on international play until a few weeks before the Olympics: precedent before Krzyzewski's appointment in 2005 had been to have the coach of the previous NBA champion head Team USA, a policy that crashed-and-burned when Larry Brown's 2004 squad stumbled to three losses. Krzyzewski emphasized multi-year commitments from players rather than piecing together squads in the aftermath of the NBA year. Team USA will likely seek another long-term stressing dedication to the national program in the wake of Krzyzewski's departure.

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Tom Izzo Interested In Team USA Coaching Job If Mike Krzyzewski Steps Away

It's unclear whether Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski can be convinced to remain the coach of Team USA's senior men's basketball team beyond Sunday's gold medal game against Spain. USA Basketball honcho Jerry Colangelo apparently wants Coach K to stay, but the coach has been in that position since 2005, and that's a long time to commit most of your summers to running scrimmages for NBA players.

If Coach K steps away, Colangelo may find respite in the college ranks again. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is interested in the position, and Colangelo confirmed to Lansing State Journal columnist Joe Rexrode that the Spartan is a contender for the job.

"I think he's a terrific coach and a great guy," said Team USA chairman Jerry Colangelo, confirming only that Izzo is one of several possible candidates to replace Krzyzewski. "And I love his (style), he's got a toughness to him that is very impressive. And he's well-respected."

Doc Rivers and Gregg Popovich (who has reported beef with Colangelo) are the apparent front-runners for the position, but having a college coach in that position certainly has limited the controversy, which might be worth it. That said, it should be Pop's job to lose, if he wants it.

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