Jud Heathcote, who coached Michigan State to NCAA title, dies at 90

Jud Heathcote, who led Michigan State and Magic Johnson to the 1979 NCAA championship, has died. He was 90.

The school says Heathcote died Monday in Spokane, Washington.

Spartans coach Tom Izzo was hired by Heathcote and was promoted to replace him when he retired in 1995.

Heathcote won three Big Ten titles and appeared in nine NCAA tournaments during his 19-year career at Michigan State. He got his start as a college head coach in 1971 at Montana, where he spent five seasons.

Heathcote’s teams made a combined 10 NCAA tournament appearances, including the Spartans squad that won it all in 1978-79.

Izzo said the basketball world is a sadder place because of his mentor’s death, adding no one cared more about the welfare of the game than Heathcote.

“He was a coach’s coach and a mentor to many,” said Izzo. “Our hearts are filled with sadness and deepest sympathy for his wife Beverly and the Heathcote family.”

Izzo helped the Spartans win their second NCAA basketball title in 2000 and often leaned on Heathcote for advice, counsel and humor.

“Without a

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