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Urban Meyer, Tom Izzo make SN's top 25 active coaches

SportingNews.com accepted the impossible task of ranking the top 25 active coaches. Two Big Ten coaches made the list, as Ohio State’s Urban Meyer came in at No. 6 and Michigan State’s Tom Izzo finished No. 11. The top five looked this: 1. Greg Popovich; 2. Nick Saban; 3. Bill Belichick; 4. Mike Krzyzewski; 5. Pete Carroll. See what SN said about Meyer and Izzo in this post.

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Seven B1G coaches land on ESPN.com's top 50 list

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Tom Izzo Interview - 2014 Men's Basketball Tournament Championship

It was only a matter of time before ESPN.com’s countdown of the top 50 men’s basketball coaches reached Michigan State’s Tom Izzo. It did on Wednesday, with Izzo earning the No. 3 spot. Barring a huge surprise – don’t hold your breath – Izzo is the seventh and final Big Ten coach on the list. See all the Big Ten coaches who made the cut in this post.

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Tom Izzo: 'I'm going to be at Michigan State'

Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo told ESPN’s Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg that he will remain with the Spartans next season, despite rumors that he is a candidate for openings in the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Detroit Pistons.

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Tom Izzo has special message for Tim Miles

It’s no secret that Tom Izzo isn’t a big proponent of Twitter. So, instead of sending Nebraska coach Tim Miles a congratulatory tweet on a great season, Izzo got in front of the camera and delivered a personal, tongue-in-cheek message to Miles that aired at the Huskers team banquet.

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Tom Izzo makes tearful speech at Holsworth vigil

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo attended a vigil for the late Lacey Holsworth on the Michigan State campus and signed the rock before speaking to the many students there. Holding back tears at times, he thanked the students and gave them quite the speech. “When you face some tough times, make sure that you just keep fighting through it,” Izzo told the students. Watch the speech in the YouTube clip in this post. It’s a fine piece of teaching from a man who makes a living doing it.

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Photo: You'll want to see this old Tom Izzo shot

Tom Izzo has Michigan State two wins away from another Final Four. The Spartans can get to Arlington, Texas, with victories over Virginia and either Iowa State-UConn this weekend in the East Region. With Izzo and his team in the spotlight, Steve Mariucci, one of Izzo’s best friends, decided to share an epic throwback photo of the two on Twitter. Thank you, Mooch!

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Survey: Which Big Ten coach 'works' the refs the best?

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Izzo Honors Official Ed Hightower

“Working” officials is an art form. Some coaches are masters at knowing just the right buttons to push over the course of a game to the point where—Who knows?—maybe they can get a key call in their favor. I asked several media members who cover the Big Ten which coach they felt was best at “working” officials.

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Video: Tom Izzo dances on top of ladder in ad

As you can see from the photo above, Tom Izzo is no stranger to climbing a ladder and cutting down the net. That being the case, Werner Ladder decided to use the legendary Michigan State coach as a spokesman for its new ladder. “There’s so much room up here,” Izzo said about the top of the ladder, “I feel like dancing.”

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Video: Lights go out during Tom Izzo's postgame presser

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Lights Go Out on Izzo

No. 20 Michigan and No. 13 Michigan State both shot lights out in the Wolverines’ big rivalry win Sunday afternoon, so it was kind of fitting that the lights went out on Tom Izzo during his postgame press conference. Izzo was wrapping up his media session and talking about Michigan State’s injuries when the lights suddenly went off. Watch it in this post.

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MSU hoops to compete in 2018 'Barnstorming Tour'

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Gary Harris Makes Two Fast Break Dunks in a Row

Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis has taken on the role of “The Riddler” over the past month, tweeting out clues about an upcoming MSU sporting event. The riddle was solved today as Hollis announced the creation of a four-team “barnstorming tour” with MSU, Florida, North Carolina and Texas playing a round-robin set of three games, one each in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles.

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President Obama jokes MSU sports fans are 'greedy'

President Barack Obama was on the campus of Michigan State University today to sign into law an agriculture spending bill at MSU’s Equine Performance Center. Midway through his speech, Obama took some time to talk about the Spartans’ recent success on both the football field and the basketball court.

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Dienhart: My first-half Big Ten awards

Midway Point Awards

The Dunks of Jamuary 2014

The arrival of the Super Bowl means many things to many people. Ro-tel and Velveeta dip … the end of the most wonderful time of the year … spring is approaching. For me, it means we basically are at the halfway point of the Big Ten hoop season.

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Video: Tom Izzo, Spartans thank Ed Hightower

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Izzo Honors Official Ed Hightower

Tom Izzo liked how buddy Tom Crean and Indiana honored longtime official Ed Hightower last month so much that he decided to do the same Tuesday. With 2:01 left in an easy win over North Florida, Izzo grabbed the mic and thanked Hightower – who will retire at the end of the month and was officiating his final game at the Breslin Center – for his 32 years as an official.

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BTN LiveBIG: Mateen Cleaves helping Michigan families

Led by the enormous smile and clutch play of point guard Mateen Cleaves – a Flint, Mich., native – the Michigan State Spartans won the NCAA championship that 2000. The victory capped the most decorated basketball career in Michigan State history for Cleaves before moving on to the NBA, where he played seven seasons.

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Did you see this: Tom Izzo at Midnight Madness

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Tom Izzo Midnight Madness Entrance (2013)

Tom Izzo’s epic Midnight Madness performances have become one of the most popular events leading up to the Big Ten basketball season. It was the same story Friday night as the Spartans’ head coach was preparing to get shot out of a cannon.

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Athlon Sports: Tom Izzo is nation's No. 1 hoops coach

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Tom Izzo - Midnight Madness Entrance (2012)

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It’s good to be Tom Izzo and the Michigan State basketball team. One day after the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook ranked the Spartans No. 1 in its preseason poll, Athlon Sports named Izzo the nation’s top college hoops coach. Neither result is much of a stunner, especially when one considers what the Spartans return and what Tom Izzo has done in his career.

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