Double-duty Izzo and the day Mariucci nixed his college football career

PHOTO: Friends and teammates since their Iron Mountain days, Steve Mariucci (L) and Tom Izzo. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN Alan Haller now occupies the seat behind the big desk as Michigan State’s new athletic director. Mel Tucker has the football team off to an impressive start. All of this allows Tom Izzo to focus on the upcoming basketball season. No need for the school to seek double duty from Izzo when the athletic department…

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Michigan State hoop carries on following 51 seasons spanning Gus, Jud and Izzo

Part III of my interview with Maui Jim Maui Invitational tournament director Dave Odom, whose eight-team field Nov. 25-27 includes Michigan State. I asked the college basketball elder statesman about Spartans' unique program connection between three coaches spanning 51 years, Gus Ganakas, Jud Heathcote and Tom Izzo. Part I, Monday, Nov. 18: How the Spartans and Hokies made the Maui field and more on Buzz Williams and the Odom family with Virginia-Chaminade and Virginia-UMBC Part II, Wednesday, Nov. 20: Tom…

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