(WILX) -- Why has MSU basketball been so successful through the years? I'm asked that wherever I travel more than anything else related to the university.
MSU has had two coaches in 43 years beginning in 1976 with Jud Heathcote and his protege Tom Izzo got the job which never would have happened had athletic director Merrily Dean Baker been allowed to make the call.
Jud and Joel Ferguson were the two who strong-armed the school to get Tom Izzo to become head coach.
Who knows how the world around here might be different had that not occurred 24 years ago.