Michigan State Spartans coach Tom Izzo is a legend in East Lansing and far beyond, but what’s he like away from the cameras and the bright lights?
Apparently he’s pretty cool, judging by a new survey of anonymous college basketball coaches performed by CBS Sports.
Izzo, who is the coach other coaches most want their son to play for and one half of potentially the best football-basketball coaching duo in MSU history, came in third when coaches were asked who they’d most want to have a beer with.
Izzo didn’t garner as many votes as West Virginia’s Bobb Huggins (“Funny guy who reminds me of Norm from Cheers! Whatever the big fella wants to drink!”) and Kansas’ Bill Self (“He just carries himself like a normal guy. It's why everybody likes him”), but he still garnered 10 percent of the vote, which is pretty good considering there are more than 300 division one head coaches.
Izzo is known for being down to earth in spite of his tremendous success. There are many reasons you should want to have a beer with Tom Izzo, but one anonymous coach summed it up best:
"Izzo -- with a bottle of red."