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Izzo and Spartans deserve better than Dakich

Izzo and Spartans deserve better than Dakich

By Tom ShanahanESPN basketball analyst Dan Dakich lowered himself to retired Auburn football coach Pat Dye’s pompous level last week while he worked Michigan’s win over Michigan State in Ann Arbor. But that’s not all.Dakich stooped lower with Twitter comments posted prior to...

Wooden stills ranks ahead of Krzyzewski

Wooden stills ranks ahead of Krzyzewski

Villanova and North Carolina met this past Monday in the type of national championship game that endorses the case for John Wooden as college basketball’s greatest coach. By that, I don’t mean Villanova’s dramatic win on a last-second shot.Most years Wooden’s UCLA teams...

Duke AD stood by Krzyzewski before he was Coach K

Duke AD stood by Krzyzewski before he was Coach K

The flags should be flying at half-mast over Krzyzewskiville for Tom Butters throughout the Final Four weekend.Without the former Duke athletic director, there would be no Krzyzewskiville, the basketball village where Duke students camp out in tents in the shadow of Cameron...

Coach K and measuring up to Coach Wooden

Coach K and measuring up to Coach Wooden

No matter how you add up the numbers or inflate college basketball today at the expense of the past, it’s hard to make an all-around case that Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has caught up to UCLA’s immortal John Wooden. Coach K won’t even dare try, even though his 12th...

Sports crumbled prejudice before 1957 Final Four

Sports crumbled prejudice before 1957 Final Four

It remains to be seen how forcefully the NCAA responds to the Indiana state legislature’s religious freedom law that critics say was designed with legalese to allow discrimination against gays and others in the name of religion. But as the late Pulitzer Prize-winning Los...

Michigan State boasts complete hoop package

Michigan State boasts complete hoop package

There may not be a more tightly packaged example of mentor and protégé in college basketball than Jud Heathcote and Tom Izzo.Consider that Bob Knight groomed Mike Krzyzewski as a player at Army and assistant at Indiana, but he became Coach K at Duke. Also, Knight and...