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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...

Jud for the defense on best Mark Few team

Jud for the defense on best Mark Few team

Jud Heathcote, whose second team has been Gonzaga since he retired to Spokane 20 years ago, enjoyed another year of Bulldogs basketball with his courtside seats at the McCarthey Athletic Center, although he didn’t make it to Las Vegas to follow the No. 7-ranked Bulldogs’ most...

Old Michigan State NCAA memories

Old Michigan State NCAA memories

Thanks to Mike Klocke, an old friend from our State News days, for this nostalgic photo he posted on Twitter looking back when we covered Michigan State in the first round of the 1978 NCAA basketball tournament at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. Mike is on the right; in the...

Michigan State playing before Jud in NCAA

Michigan State playing before Jud in NCAA

Michigan State is playing in Jud Heathcote’s backyard for the Spartans’ opening game of the NCAA tournament for the second time in five years, but he’s more worried about the blame than credit.When the unveiled NCAA bracket revealed the Spartans were scheduled to play Delaware...

February upsets in words of Sparty legend Jud Heathcote

February upsets in words of Sparty legend Jud Heathcote

The ten Top 25 teams that suffered upsets last week came as no surprise to College Basketball Hall of Fame coach Jud Heathcote. It’s February, after all.The retired Michigan State coach said he understood how his beloved Spartans were among the victims when they lost on Sunday to...