Tom Izzo had big picture in mind at Palestra
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Tom Izzo had big picture in mind at Palestra

Michigan State coach agreed to Penn State home game in Philadelphia

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Penn State might be known as more than a football school that also plays basketball in the winter if any of the Nittany Lions’ past hoop coaches were as smart as Michigan State’s Tom Izzo.

Izzo, always mindful of history, agreed to take his young Spartans to play Penn State at The Palestra, an iconic arena in Philadelphia called “the birthplace of college basketball.” He considered it a “bucket list” item and educational experience for his young team. ... 

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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,,, 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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