NEW YORK (WFAN) — Tom Izzo, Mr. March himself, stopped by the WFAN studios Wednesday to chat with Mike Francesa.
The longtime Michigan State coach will be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame on Friday.
“It was one of those honors that you realize how many people had to help you get here,” Izzo told Francesa. “I say the difference between a coach getting there and a player getting there is the coach needs the players. I guess the players need the coach, but it doesn’t seem as much.
“It’s a dream come true. I’m not even sure I dreamed it. It’s bigger than that.”
Izzo has coached Michigan State since 1995, reaching the Final Four seven times, winning the national championship in 2000 and reaching the title game in 2009.
Under Izzo, the Spartans have built a reputation for regularly advancing deep into the tournament, regarldess of their seeding. But last season, the roles were reversed, as second-seeded Michigan State was stunned by 15th-seeded Middle Tennessee.
“Somebody put it best to me earlier today,” Izzo said. “They said, ‘Hey, if you’re there a lot, something’s going to happen.'”
“There’s more parody. There’s more upsets. There’s more things that can happen in basketball. But I guess that’s what makes the tournament so exciting.”
To listen to the full interview, click on the audio player above.