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Izzo has a rare opportunity at MSU

Originally Published: June 15, 2010
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Jud Heathcote was the coach, but Magic Johnson was the face of Michigan State in 1979.

Johnson went on to become one of the greatest players ever to play the game and remains an iconic figure in East Lansing.

But Magic will be remembered more for his championships with the Lakers than the one with the Spartans. It wasn't his program. And even though Heathcote is the architect and the godfather still to this day, Michigan State has become Tom Izzo's program.

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