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No Inspector Renault moments around Izzo

No Inspector Renault moments around Izzo

Sportswriters are both romantics and cynics. That’s why Inspector Renault, a cynical character in Casablanca, a romantic movie, so often appears in sports stories.The latest example of Inspector Renault declaring he’s “shocked, shocked,” results from Christian Dawkins testifying...

Newell and Heathcote had own Izzo moments

Newell and Heathcote had own Izzo moments

L’Affaire Izzo erupted in the French-named city of Des Moines, but only casual fans viewed the flashpoint moment as abnormal during Michigan State's victory over Bradley Thursday in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament victory. Tom Izzo often snarls his teeth and strains...

Ganakas bridged Magic and Michigan State

Ganakas bridged Magic and Michigan State

Shakespeare’s happy endings were his romance plays. The storylines moved with comedic and tragic turns, but an uplifting denouement separated those works from others. So what would Shakespeare write about the life of Gus Ganakas? The former Michigan State coach, who passed away...

A time to lean on respect Magic helped build

A time to lean on respect Magic helped build

Five-star high school basketball recruit Zion Williamson’s surprise decision last month to join the crowd at Duke was yet another appreciation of Earvin “Magic” Johnson's Michigan State legacy. Johnson's own path established a long-lasting respect for the Spartans' basketball...

Michigan State Hall of Fame and golden glow

Michigan State Hall of Fame and golden glow

Michigan State's 1960s golden era shines brighter these days. The luminescence, like a firefly’s glow, isn't artificial. It's a result of the MSU Hall-of-Fame committee reaching back to honor previously overlooked special athletes. Football is king, but there is more to the...

Jud brightened days with basketball and humor

Jud brightened days with basketball and humor

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...

Mark Hollis sweeps up with broom Jud Heathcote handed him

Mark Hollis sweeps up with broom Jud Heathcote handed him

Michigan State’s Mark Hollis heard himself introduced recently in New York as the recipient of the John L. Toner Award from the National Football Foundation for superior administrative skills. His unique ideas were among the reasons listed.Then he answered questions about his...

Izzo embraces the Heathcote Way as the Spartan Way

Izzo embraces the Heathcote Way as the Spartan Way

Jud Heathcote’s milestones on Planet Basketball now include two former All-Americans identified as philanthropists. That’s the depth of the 88-year-old College Basketball Hall of Fame coach’s influence on the Michigan State program.In October, five-time NBA champion Magic Johnson...

The Magical First Fan of Michigan State

The Magical First Fan of Michigan State

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The “First” anything is usually a presidential designation -- but not at Michigan State, the alma mater of Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Michigan State’s “First Fan” traveled to Charlotte last weekend to urge on the Spartans’ basketball team throughout their two...

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...