Michigan State’s Tom Izzo ties Bob Knight for most wins as Big Ten coach
After Michigan State beat Indiana on Feb. 12, Izzo moved one win behind Bobby Knight for the most overall wins as a Big Ten coach. He stayed there as Michigan State lost its next three games. On Saturday, he finally broke through and tied Knight with 662 overall wins with Michigan State beat Purdue. Izzo, whose early Michigan State tenure overlapped with the end of Knight’s at Illinois, said the accomplishment is significant because of his respect for Knight. “I mean, he’s an icon.”In terms of Big Ten wins, Knight is still first in Big Ten history with 353, while Izzo is second with 321.mlive.com
Hoosiers bring back former star player Woodson as coach
Indiana will hire former star player and longtime NBA coach Mike Woodson as its new head coach. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)INDIANAPOLIS – Mike Woodson won one Big Ten title and one NIT championship while playing for Bob Knight. Indiana hired the former star player as its new coach Sunday, issuing a four-word statement on Twitter — “Welcome home, Coach Woodson” — before the formal announcement. Woodson returned to the New York Knicks as an assistant this season after previously serving as New York's head coach for a little more than two seasons. Matta, who played at Butler and later served as head coach at Butler and Xavier, also reportedly interviewed for the coaching job.
Isiah Thomas' Olympic hopes were denied, not once but twice
FILE - In this May 11, 1994, file photo, Detroit Pistons guard Isiah Thomas announces his retirement from basketball at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich. Thomas' Olympic hopes were denied, not once but twice. Thomas was famously left off the U.S. Olympic team the first Dream Team that won a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics with ease. Much still gets made of how Thomas was famously left off the U.S. Olympic team the first Dream Team that won a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics with ease. I was definitely ready, and we all wanted to go and win and compete.So, Thomas missed his chance at Olympic gold. As someone who grew up impoverished on the west side of Chicago, hes not complaining about missed Olympic chances.
Former Illinois, New Mexico St coach Lou Henson dies at 88
I just think that Lou is probably the most underrated coach in college basketball, former Illinois and pro player Stephen Bardo said. And for years after Henson left the sidelines, he and his wife, Mary, were widely loved, unofficial ambassadors for both Illinois and New Mexico State and the towns where theyre located, Champaign, Illinois, and Las Cruces, New Mexico. Seriously who doesnt love him? said former NBA player Reggie Theus, who succeeded Henson at New Mexico State and considered him a mentor. Henson, a native of Okay, Oklahoma, played college basketball at New Mexico State in the early 1950s. A son, 35-year-old Lou Henson Jr., died in a 1992 car accident.