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Tom Izzo named Big Ten Coach of the Decade


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Three Final Fours.

Four Big Ten regular season titles.

Four Big Ten Tournament titles.

No NCAA Tournaments missed.

Also, zero debate on who the Big Ten Coach of the Decade is.

On Thursday morning the G.O.A.T Tom Izzo earned what seemed to be his 1,000th accolade of the last decade. His competition left the 24-person panel with likely little debate, as he beat out the following finalists:

  • A guy who was absolutely, positively, 100 percent not pushed out of his job by Ohio State in 2017.
  • A guy who won one Big Ten regular season title this decade before leaving Wisconsin in 2015.
  • A guy in West Lafayette with zero Final Four appearances.
  • A guy who left his team last April for the NBA, alienated the locker room within months and then also quit that job less than a year in.

So, yeah. Not really a debate for the coach that has routinely put his team in the category of Elite and has no signs of stopping.


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