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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Former Jud assistant Jim Boylan on Izzo’s longevity

PHOTO: Tom Izzo has cut down many championship nets, but it's not a number as great as the total of Big Ten coaches he has outlasted. By TOM SHANAHAN Many measuring sticks gauge Tom Izzo's success. Here's one beyond citing one national title, eight Final Fours, 10 Big Ten regular-season titles, six Big Ten tournament crowns and 624 victories: 53 and counting. That’s how many Big Ten basketball coaches have come and gone since Izzo took over Michigan…

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Philadelphia jewel John Chaney led Temple to 2001 NCAA Elite Eight at time Izzo elevated Spartans

By TOM SHANAHAN Five months ago we lost John Thompson, the Georgetown Hall-of-Fame coach. This week another influential African-American college basketball coach passed away, Temple Hall-of-Famer John Chaney. Both men were outspoken and often misunderstood. I was never around Thompson, but I was fortunate to see Chaney up close at the 2001 NCAA South Regional. It was easy to gain a deeper understanding of the man. What a weekend that was in Atlanta. Chaney’s Temple Owls were among…

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