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Flint's blue-collar mentality produces top-flight talent

Updated: February 25, 2009, 11:14 AM ET
By Jeff Arnold | Special to ESPNRISE.com

Somewhere, mixed among the myriad mementos of his Michigan State coaching career, Tom Izzo has a key to the city of Flint.

The celebratory souvenir was presented to Izzo after a championship parade that ran through the streets of the blue-collar town that lays claim to three members of the Spartans' 2000 NCAA national title team.

But in Flint, a city once known for its flourishing auto plants and prideful working-class population, basketball success stories are nothing new.

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