Embed from Getty Images If there has ever been any doubt about Tom Izzo’s legacy they need to be silenced. The Michigan State Spartans head coach showed why he is one of the truly elite NCAA basketball coaches. Guiding the Spartans to another Final Four.
If Izzo can help his teams quest to win a second national championship, that would help the Spartans begin to separate themselves from other programs. In Izzo’s 24 years in East Lansing, his Spartan teams have reached eight Final Fours.
With one National Championship in 2000 under his belt getting that second national title is what drives Izzo. Only 15 coaches in the history of college basketball have won more than one. A rather select group.
Taking a Michigan State team that had more than it’s fair share of injuries, Izzo did a masterful job getting his team to be crowned Big Ten co-champions as well as to the Final Four.
“I’ll disclose this one thing,” Izzo said Monday. “I’m going to try to win this time. I don’t know if I’ve done a good job of that. … But I’m looking at sometimes, even as a coach, you’re just happy to be there, and sometimes I’m trying to look at what can I do better than I did? We had a late, late-night meeting with my staff, and we’ll have another one in a little while because I told them, because a couple of them have been with me more than a couple of those Final Fours, let’s look at what we did. Let’s look at some other programs.”
Not very coaches can say they have won as much or as often as Izzo does. Only four coaches in college basketball history have been to more Final Fours than Izzo Mike Krzyzewski, John Wooden, Dean Smith and Roy Williams all big time head coaches.
Tom Izzo, is a hall of fame coach. He has shown time and time again why he is so good. What he has done this season has been nothing short of spectacular.