Jud Heathcote's influence on Michigan State remains strong long after retirement
SPOKANE, WASH. - Tom Izzo's team piled onto the bus on Jan. 18 in frigid Champaign, Ill., and as it pulled away from State Farm Center after a 78-62 win over Illinois, he pulled out his phone.
Izzo wanted to talk to Jud Heathcote. Heathcote wanted to talk to Denzel Valentine.
So Izzo passed the phone to Valentine, allowing his mentor and Michigan State predecessor a guy who played the game in the 1940s for Colorado College and Washington State a chance to give his sophomore guard some pointers. That's the gentle way to describe Heathcote's teaching style.
He gave me some advice about... read more
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