Your Weekly Michigan State General Athletics Question & Answer Article

Mark Hollis has brought stability and leadership to MSU athletics not seen since John Hannah.
Mark Hollis has brought stability and leadership to MSU athletics not seen since John Hannah.


Hondo, I was reading Sporting News and saw that Rick Pitino was given a raise to $3.9 million by Louisville and that Izzo only makes $3.4 million. This is more of a Hollis question. Doesn’t it seem disrespectful that he doesn’t pay Tom better? Clint

Clint, with all due respect: NO! Tom gets paid a lot of money and has bonuses for staying that take his salary to $4 million. Frankly, there are SEC BASEball teams that make more money, actual profit, then Spartan basketball. In fact, if you look at the money that is rolling in under Mark Dantonio and what he makes compared to profit, and what Izzo makes compared to profit you could say that he is overpaid and Dantonio and his staff are far underpaid. Dantonio makes considerably less than Izzo.   Izzo is coming off of his most talented group that far underachieved. He is WELL compensated. Hollis has NEVER disrespected Izzo. If anything he has bent over to accommodate him in every way possible.


Hondo, I have always been an MSU crazy fan for football and basketball. Since the radio show started I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed being exposed to the “other” sports. Thanks for broadening my vision when it comes to MSU sports. Warren

No problem Warren. It is an easy thing to do. There are a lot of amazing stories around MSU sports and I love to tell most of them. There are a lot of great coaches and players that make up the Spartan Nation and they have a great story as well. Thanks for the kind words.


Hondo, I thought it amusing that you asked Mark Hollis at the golf event about Barry Alvarez and his big raise. Was that a hint that Hollis is underpaid? Kim

Yes, it was. The fans have NO IDEA the crap and the volume of weight on Hollis shoulders. That is why so many have failed at the job at MSU. He isn’t paid enough at all considering the amazing land mines he avoids and the juggling job he does.


Hondo, we all know that you love Spartan football, after that what would be your favorite other MSU sport? I assume basketball, so what is your favorite non-revenue sport. Richard

That is easy Richard. Spring football!Â


Hondo, I was stunned to read a few weeks ago about your thoughts on cutting sports. The more I think about it, that makes sense. It is a dollar and cents issue. Where would you suggest Hollis start? Nate

Nate, that isn’t for me to say. I have the ones that I would cut ASAP, but that isn’t fair for me to mention. It isn’t my call and it isn’t because I don’t like those sports. Let’s just say that if you are a sport at MSU that before the season starts you are like the Kansas City Royals and you are already out of contention for title it is time to cut it loose.


OK everyone, there you go, our weekly general MSU athletics Q and A article. We will continue them every Tuesday morning, so if you have a question (not about basketball or football) here is a simple way to get it here. Send your questions to and put in the subject line general. If it doesn’t get answered in the article you will get a personal response. Thank you!