MSU Basketball Coach Tom Izzo likes to portray himself as â€œa blue-collar kind of guy,â€ but in reality heâ€™s a Swoosh kind of fella â€” a Nike guy.
During a recent press conference, Coach Izzo dressed down alumni who oppose the new Nike-created logo. He was quick to say â€œIâ€™m so disappointed with our group of alumsâ€ who oppose the redesign of the old Spartan logo. But what he didn’t tell the audience was that he works for Nike.
And he gets paid handsomely, to the tune of $300,000 a year, to represent and wear their branded clothing and equipment. Other perks include a $25,000 annual merchandise credit for Nike equipment and oodles of Nike equipment for basketball camps and four assistant coaches, as well as a bonus package that takes into account post-season games.
Meanwhile, agitated alumni nationwide have formed Facebook fan pages opposing the new logo redesign, attracting tens of thousands of vocal and often vitriolic fans. A fan page called â€œThe Old Spartan Logo will soon reach 50,000 fans, if it hasn’t already, and the vast majority of posters clearly oppose the new Nike-inspired logo. The number of Facebook fans opposing the logo far surpasses the number of actual alumni members which should tell you something. Read some of the comments and then watch the video below where Coach Izzo said the new design and branding effort was â€œnot just a good move but a brilliant move.â€ (For that kind of money, what would you say?)