MILESTONE FOR IZZO

     He won't make a big deal of it, but Tom Izzo is observing his 25th anniversary of employment this week at Michigan State.  He became an assistant coach to Jud Heathcote in 1983.  He left for a couple of weeks to become an assistant at Tulsa in 1986,  but returned to East Lansing almost as soon as he left.  He is about to begin his 14th season as head coach and he told the Detroit News in a story to be published Thursday that he believes he has at least ten more years of coaching left in him.  That's bad news, if it pans out, for the rest of the Big Ten.  One month from this day, October 17th, Izzo begins the season with the traditional Midnight Madness, this year returning to the Breslin Center.  It was held in Munn Arena a year ago, because the circus was at Breslin.  How would MSU have been different over the past quarter century without Izzo's involement?  Answer that for yourself.

     The Pistons' media caravan was in Lansing Wednesday.  Joe Dumars left no doubt about his goal for the coming season-- win the NBA title.  That is the directive to new coach Michael Curry who was absent because of the death of his grandmother.

     For what it's worth-- Charlie Weis is 11-0 as head coach at Notre Dame when his team posts more rushing yardage than the opponent.  Get ready to watch Javon Ringer run, run, run this Saturday in Spartan Stadium.

     Big high school football games Friday-- Grand Ledge at Everett, both 3-0.  St. Johns at Mason, and the visitors are 3-0.  Mason is 2-1 after a narrow loss at Grand Ledge last Friday.  And 3-0 Laingsburg, never a winner of the CMAC title, plays at 2-1 Pewamo Westphalia.

     Lansing Schools superintendent T. C. Wallace told me Wednesday he is confident the academic issues for athletes at Eastern High School won't be a problem from now on.  Whether athletic director Mario Villareal keeps his job or not remains to be seen, but as the investigation carries into next week, the thought lingers that Eastern may have new athletic leadership coming.  Wallace insisted that he is behind football coach Tommie Boyd once his suspension is up for the October 3rd game at Holt, the sixth game on Eastern's schedule.

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