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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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Video: Izzo cheers on Spartans from student section

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We all know Tom Izzo is a very big football fan. Well, for Saturday’s game vs. South Florida, the legendary Michigan State basketball coach spent time in the student section. And make no mistake, he was there to contribute to the crowd noise and cheer on the home team. See a photo of Izzo jumping up and celebrating with the students in this post.

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Now showing: Return of 'Iron Mountain Man'

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Tom Izzo - Midnight Madness Entrance (2012)

Movie fans are abuzz over the opening weekend of “Iron Man 3,” and that reminded of us of this video clip from Michigan State’s “Midnight Madness” event before the 2012-2013 basketball season. Watch the range of emotions played by Izzo – or “Iron Mountain Man” – as he fights to rescue Sparty from his evil kidnappers. We won’t spoil the ending for you, but trust us when we tell you that Izzo makes quite the entrance.

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Video: Tom Izzo reacts to Tubby Smith's firing

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Tom Izzo Reacts to Tubby Smith Getting Fired

During his Monday morning press conference with reporters, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo was asked about Minnesota’s decision today to fire Tubby Smith as the Golden Gophers head basketball coach. Watch Izzo’s reaction and answer in this video clip. The Michigan State coach takes a sip of water and then takes a long pause before answering. “Tubby’s a good friend of mine,” Izzo said. “So that does hit me a little bit harder.”

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Did You See This? Izzo addresses team at halftime

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Michigan State Halftime Locker Room Access

Ever wonder what it’s like to be inside the locker room with Tom Izzo at the half? The legendary Michigan State coach gave BTN an all-access pass Wednesday night, and it didn’t disappoint. Watch Izzo, he of six Final Four appearances and seven Big Ten titles, address his team in this video.

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Now playing: Tom Izzo is ... Iron Man

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Tom Izzo - Midnight Madness Entrance (2012)

The “Midnight Madness” event at Michigan State has become an entertainment spectacle each year, and this season was no exception. For Friday night’s event, Michigan State’s coach Tom Izzo makes his latest dramatic entrance after an introduction where his daughter pleads, “This year, you cannot embarrass me.” Let’s hope she’s a fan of “The Avengers.” Watch this video to see how Izzo (with a little help) saves a kidnapped Sparty before landing in Michigan State’s arena to the dulcet tones of Black Sabbath: “I am Iron Man/ Has he lost his mind/ Can he see or is he blind/ Can he walk at all/ Or if he moves will he fall?” Well done, Michigan State. Well done. But does Izzo get to keep the suit? Watch more highlights from Friday’s events at Michigan State, Purdue, and Minnesota.

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Athlon ranks Tom Izzo No. 1 men's basketball coach

Athlon recently released its ranking of the top 30 men’s basketball coaches, and Michigan State’s Tom Izzo found his name atop the prestigious list. Izzo beat out the usual suspects, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and Kentucky’s John Calipairi, for top billing and was one of six Big Ten coaches who the made cut. That’s half of the Big Ten coaches, for you non-math majors. And now you know why the experts say the Big Ten features the best coaches.

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A Day at BTN: Spartan coaches do our jobs

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Spartan Coaches Visit BTN

Perhaps you heard BTN entertained Michigan State coaches Wednesday in our Chicago studios. Mark Dantonio, Tom Izzo and the rest of the coaches were in town as part of the athletic program’s Michigan State coaches tour. What better way to spend the day at BTN than give the coaches a chance to do what we do on a daily basis, we thought? Yep, we had the coaches put on a live show. From production to graphics to makeup artists to analysts, everyone had a role. Watch MSUSpartans.com’s behind-the scenes video of the experience now.

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Did You See This? Tom Izzo at Wrigley Field

On Wednesday, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo spent the day at BTN learning how we put on a live show. On Thursday, Izzo was at Wrigley Field, where he was spotted talking to Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland on the field prior to the first pitch. Oh, to be able to hear the conversation between those two coaching legends. Together, Izzo and Leyland have 2,026 wins and two world/national championships. See the picture of Izzo and Leyland, courtesy of @tigers, in this post.

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Michigan State's Izzo, Green Win NABC National Awards

Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Draymond Green were honored as the best in the nation by the National Association of Basketball Coaches on Sunday night. Green became the third Spartan to earn National Player of the Year honors as he was named NABC Division I Player of the Year, while Izzo was named UPS NABC Division I Coach of the Year for the second time in his career.

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Tom Izzo: Ohio State-Kansas analysis

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Tom Izzo Thoughts on Ohio State in the Final Four

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, he of six Final Fours and one national championship, joined our crew of Dave Revsine, Gary Williams and Jim Jackson following Ohio State’s 64-62 loss to Kansas in the national semifinal Saturday night (AP recap). His thoughts: “God, it was a game that’s going to frustrate (Ohio State’s) coaching staff, because we’re sitting here now, 20 minutes after, and I still think they won in a lot of ways.” Watch Izzo’s entire segment with the BTN team now.

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Rivals.com Spotlights Big Ten Coaches

The Big Ten has no shortage of respected and successful football and men’s basketball coaches. Both of the conference’s sports boast a who’s who of the modern day coaching world. From Tom Izzo to Joe Paterno, the names are legendary and iconic. But what about when you consider the nation’s best football and men’s basketball coaching duos? The Big Ten is deep there, too. Rivals.com considered the topic Sunday, and all four writers mentioned Big Ten duos in their answers. Read the article here.

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