An e mailer asked me earlier this week? Who are Michigan State's three all time greatest coaches? In no particular order it's an easy answer for me.
I didn't cover Biggie Munn when he was football coach-- I did when he was athletic director after serving as his paper boy. But his record of 54-9-1 as head coach I don't think will ever be duplicated around these parts and his teams never played cream puff teams during the 9-game schedules that were in place in the late 40s and early 50s.
Ron Mason's hockey record produced only one losing season and that was a mere one game under .500. You can tell over recent years since Ron left how tough it has been to win hockey around here-- and his records were tremendous each year even though his only national title came in 1986. But he's among the top three and then of course Tom Izzo would be in the group because when he leaves I don't think MSU basketball will ever be as good over a long period of time as he has made it.
There've been many other good coaches in a variety of sports. Had she stayed maybe Joanne McCallie would have been a fourth on the list. But she left too soon for Duke. But those are my top three.