The difference between Tom Izzo and John Calipari

PHOTO: Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker and basketball coach Tom Izzo prior to a Spartans' game. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN John Calipari’s comments that Kentucky is a basketball school at the expense of his school’s improving football program not surprisingly drew an angry reaction from Wildcats’ coach Mark Stoops. It’s not that Calipari’s statement isn’t true. Kentucky has long been considered a basketball school. The problem is Calipari uttered a smarmy, self-serving comment.…

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Duffy’s Hawaiian Pipeliner Charlie Wedemeyer returns home to Polynesian Football Hall of Fame induction

PHOTO: Charlie Wedemeyer's athletic career spans his career at Michigan State, coaching at Los Gatos High in the Bay Area and his induction into the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame in Hawaii. He was joined in this photo around him left-to-right: NFL coaches Jon Gruden and John Madden, two family friends, former 49ers coach Steve Mariucci and Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN A high school coach’s invaluable role too…

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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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