Nix thinks Allen will return to Spartans

Michigan State fans are still tentatively hoping for Chris Allen's return, but there's not a whole lot to go on. Tom Izzo has remained vague about his decision, recently telling reporters Allen's status as a Spartan is still "in limbo." In the meantime, Allen is hanging around East Lansing, playing summer league ball, and doing his best to get out of his coach's apparently impenetrable doghouse.

For his part, Michigan State center Derrick Nix -- he of the famed tears at an Izzo support rally held in the midst of the coach's dalliance with the Cleveland Cavaliers -- says Allen has been on campus playing pickup games with his teammates, and thus expects Allen to be back in 2010-11. From the Detroit News:

Nix said he expects Chris Allen to be back for his senior season after Allen was suspended briefly last season during the Big Ten tournament for unspecified team rules violations. Allen remains enrolled at MSU and is playing in pickup games on campus with teammates this summer, Nix said.

"He's here," Nix said of Allen. "Everybody (is on campus). Everybody is playing well."

So, more good news, even if it falls short of Izzo himself saying Allen will be back. Until that happens, Michigan State fans will have some degree of uncertainty. Not for the first time this offseason, though, Allen appears to be fully in the Spartan fold.