Jud brightened days with basketball and humor
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Jud brightened days with basketball and humor

Michigan State coach continued to influence Tom Izzo and Mark Few in retirement

Photo: Jud Heathcote and Tom Izzo

The basketball gods must need some humor to brighten things up these days. They called Jud Heathcoteto hoop heaven.

The retired Michigan State basketball coach who guided the Spartans and Earvin “Magic” Johnson to the 1979 NCAA title had an endless supply of wit. No one was safe from his pointed barbs – least of all himself. He was never short on self-deprecating humor. ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego, Chargers.com, Rivals.com, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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