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MSU Today on News/Talk 760 WJR

November 6th, 2014

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Spartans head basketball coach Tom Izzo tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis that he considers himself to be an educator as much as a coach.

“Ninety percent of the kids you coach graduate and never play another day of basketball,” says Izzo. “The process I try to stick with is to make them all better players, people and students.”

Izzo adds that he’s seen his 2014/2015 Spartans picked anywhere from second to eighth in the Big Ten and between ninth and thirtieth in the country and that he agrees with those assessments.

“We’re a Top 20 team with a lot to prove.”

Simon and Hollis also talk with Empower Extraordinary – The Campaign for Michigan State University – co chairs Dee Cook and Bob Skandalaris. The $1.5 billion capital campaign will enable MSU to significantly increase its endowment and make substantial new strategic investments to provide full scholarships to the best students, regardless of background and socioeconomic status; invest in faculty and academic excellence by establishing endowed chairs and professorships; and expand research capacity that enables MSU to solve the big problems of our time and to strengthen the economy and enrich quality of life across Michigan and around the world.

And Curtis Blackwell is Spartan Football‘s director of college advancement and performance. He tells President Simon and AD Hollis “I’m here to help with recruiting because the process has been accelerated over the years. We like to take the time to get to know our prospects and get them on campus to see whether they’re a good fit for our program.

“The camaraderie and chemistry at MSU is unique. Players either feel that or they don’t when they get here, and we’re fine with that. As Coach Dantonio always says, being a Spartan is a relationship for a lifetime and the players’ time at MSU is the launching of their career.”

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