LISTEN: Tom Izzo talks Final Four on CBS Sports Radio


Tom Izzo has been to more Final Fours this century than any coach. (USATSI)

Michigan State getting back to the ultimate stage of college hoops has the entire country reacting in awe to Tom Izzo’s coaching ability in March once more.

Izzo appeared Tuesday morning on CBS Sports Radio, on “The Morning Show” with Brandon Tierney and Tiki Barber, to discuss that narrative and other factors that have led to this dream March for Sparty.

He discussed his Michigan State team’s charmed run, recalling how upset Travis Trice, Branden Dawson and Denzel Valentine were last season when the outgoing seniors failed to make a Final Four, something that had never happened to any four-year player under Izzo at any point prior in his tenure.

“That bothered them and I think they’ve used it as a mantra,” Izzo said.

He also tried to deflect some of the praise he’s gotten.

“I don’t know,” he said. “The players deserve the credit. I don’t say that humbly. They have to make the commitment. I felt like last spring, summer and fall was the best spring, summer and fall of my era. … It took me until Monday morning to realize we were in the Final Four.”

There’s a funny moment where Tierney tries to compare eras, the ’60s and ’70s and now, and the tougher challenges coaches have to deal with today as opposed to 40 years ago.

“John Wooden didn’t have to deal with Twitter,” Izzo said.

Tom Izzo: “The players deserve the credit.”


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