Take a break from a long season to wistfully imagine Tom Izzo as Michigan State’s football coach

PHOTO: Tom Izzo leads the Michigan State's football team onto the field as a guest captain. Visit my homepage at TomShanahan.Report. By TOM SHANAHAN It's been the worst of times in Michigan State football’s strange season abnormally stripped of stability, so let's take a break from the heartache and wistfully imagine this was the best of times: Tom Izzo is the Spartans’ head football coach, and he's leading the players out of the tunnel to face Michigan Saturday…

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Izzo’s unique consistency knocking on Final Four doors

PHOTO: Michigan State coach Tom Izzo opened his 25th straight NCAA tournament guiding the Spartans to a first-round win over USC. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN It’s true a Final Four opportunity escaped Michigan State with the Sweet Sixteen loss to Kansas State, but that’s a backwards view – an over-and-back violation of the program’s 25-year streak of NCAA tournament trips. The drought, after all, is only three seasons! Plenty of schools and coaches –…

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Izzo’s heart speaks from Michigan State’s front porch

PHOTO: Tom Izzo speaking at Wednesday night vigil outside the MSU Auditorium. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANHAN                              Michigan State interim president Teresa Woodruff acted promptly, providing a compassionate message about an unspeakable campus tragedy. Her leadership at a media briefing belied she’s been on the job only three months. Michigan State campus police chief Marlon C. Lynch also spoke, accompanied by East Lansing and Lansing officials. They praised the first responders. Their voices were transparent…

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