whoguys who would be great for ND but likely would never have gotten a shake because they don't fit the ethos of upper management.
Violations, consistent winner, I think MSU has a good grad rate for bb,and he's synoptic.
And ethnic for the people who make these decisions at ND. He also has a quirky sense of humor and an independent frame of mind. These are all red flags at Bushwood CC
Not anybody who has been running things since 1986
I heard him give an interview last Thursday. When asked why he has had such success getting to the Sweet 16, he first conceeded that his teams have had a certain degree of luck, and then suggested that playing a tough OOC schedule has given his players the opportunity to be challenged by different styles of play and in different locations. He thinks that has made his players mentally tough and ready to capitalize on opportunties (including mistakes made by other teams).
When Izzo became MSU's head coach, Michigan was the top basketball program in the state and one of the most successful in the country.
The break (from Izzo's standpoint) was Mateen Cleaves' official visit to Michigan. His Michigan hosts decided to take a road trip, which isn't allowed on official visits. On the trip, they athletes got into a rollover accident in Robert Traylor's rather well accessorized SUV.
Because of the visit violation, Michigan had to stop recruiting Cleaves; and because of the expensive vehicle Traylor was driving, the NCAA began to look into Michigan's program. Izzo seized the moment by signing Cleaves, thus solidifying the Flint pipeline. Flint's Morris Peterson was a year ahead of Cleaves, and Charlie Bell followed to form the core of Izzo's 2000 National Championship team. From that point forward, Izzo beat Michigan for the lion's share of in-state talent. The Michigan investigation dragged on for six years thanks to the former players' stonewalling (they hadn't paid taxes on the money Ed Martin gave them and therefore didn't want to cooperate), and the prolonged threat of probation (followed by actual probation) inhibited UM's recruiting more each year.
Izzo is a great coach. It isn't far fetched to believe he would have had the same success without Michigan's dishonesty being exposed although it might have taken a few years longer to get to the top. Nevertheless, Michigan's fall opened the door for MSU's rise, and Izzo made the most of it.
Mo Taylor, Baston and Willie Mitchell came in the second Fab Five class, whereas Traylor, Bullock and White came in as the third Fab Five set.
Well, who cares. I can't believe I grew up rooting for anything Michigan.
how his son picked Duke over MSU in his pool.
I think they have made the Tourney 16 times, but lost on the first weekend in 5 or 6 of those.
Regardless, still damn impressive.
...16 consecutive years. He's been at MSU for 18 years. Those first two years they went to the NIT.
Average margin of victory of 22 points.
And he seems to be a very high quality individual, as well.