THE N-C-A-A TOURNAMENT IN SPOKANE BRINGS BACK TWO
ONE IS A COACH, THE OTHER HIS MENTOR.
KXLY4'S IAN CULL JOINS US LIVE FROM SPOKANE ARENA
TO EXPLAIN, IAN?
A LOT OF PEOPLE IN SPOKANE KNOW FORMER MICHIGAN STATE
BASKETBALL COACH JUD HEATHCOTE.
HE'S FROM SPOKANE - GOT HIS START COACHING HERE.
THEN, COACHED THE SPARTANS TO A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
SO WHEN HE FOUND OUT THE TEAM WAS GOING TO PLAY IN
SPOKANE, HE WAS ECSTATIC.
THE MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS ARE A FAVORITE TO WIN
THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP THIS YEAR.
PRACTICING AT THE SPOKANE ARENA TODAY IS JUST THE
JUD HEATHCOTE, FORMER MSU COACH @ 8
It'll take the fact to keep the starting five out
of foul trouble.
TO SEE WHAT IT TAKES FOR THEM TO WIN IT ALL -- YOU
MAY WANT TO ASK A FORMER COACH.
JUD HEATHCOTE, FORMER MSU COACH @ 9
If they're on the floor, they're very very good maybe
better than anybody.
HEATHCOTE SHOULD KNOW.
HE COACHED THE SPARTANS TO A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
HE LIVES IN SPOKANE BUT ACTS LIKE HE'S STILL IN EAST
HEATHCOTE OFTEN TALKS WITH HIS FORMER ASSITANT --
AND CURRENT COACH TOM IZZO.
NOW, HE CAN DO IT IN PERSON IN SPOKANE.
JUD HEATHCOTE, FORMER MSU COACH @ 10
This is great to have them here so I get to see them
IZZO IS ARGUABLY THE BEST PERSON TO COACH A TEAM IN
THE N-C-A-A TOURNAMENT.
SIX FINAL FOURS IN 12 YEARS.
BUT WHEN HEATHCOTE CALLS -- HE ANSWERS.
TOM IZZO, MICHIGAN ST COACH @ 11
He gives me different pointers on different things
and I still listen because I value his opinion, I
value his knowledge, I value his friendship and he
taught me more than anybody about the game of basketball.
THIS AFTERNOON IZZO ATTRIBUTED HIS SUCCESS -- TO HIS
MENTOR -- JUD HEATHCOTE.
TOM IZZO, MICHIGAN ST COACH @ 12
He was a special guy for me, I'm not sure I'd be here,
in fact I know I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for
THE FRIENDS CAUGHT UP AT YESTERDAY'S CLOSED PRACTICE.
HEATHCOTE SAYS HE'S NOT GIVING ANY PUMP UP SPEECHES.
JUD HEATHCOTE, FORMER MSU COACH @ 13
I just try to make a comment, and good luck and that's
HE'LL BE AT THE GAME TOMORROW -- AND PLANS TO HAVE
ANOTHER REUNION IN TEXAS WITH HIS OLD FRIEND -- AT
THE FINAL FOUR.
MICHIGAN STATE HAS HAD SOME RECENT SUCCESS IN SPOKANE.
THE LAST TIME THEY PLAYED HERE IN 2010 -- THEY WENT
ONTO THE FINAL FOUR.
AND FOR PEOPLE LOOKING FOR A LITTLE ADVICE FROM THE
COACH ON THEIR BRACKETS -- HE HAS FLORIDA, WISCONSIN,
SYRACUSE, AND MICHIGAN STATE IN THE FINAL FOUR.
WITH MICHIGAN STATE WINNING IT ALL.
IF THEY DO, THE LONG ROAD FOR THEM STARTS TOMORROW
IAN CULL, KXLY 4 NEWS.