Former MSU coach Jud Heathcote dies

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28 JAN 1993: MICHIGAN STATE BASKETBALL COACH JUD HEATHCOTE REACTS TO A PLAY DURING A GAME AGAINST IOWA STATE. Mandatory Credit: DUANE BURLESON/ALLSPORT

SPOKANE, Wash. — Michigan State Athletics says former basketball coach Jud Heathcote died at the age of 90.

“The basketball world is a sadder place today with the passing of Jud Heathcote. No one cared more about the welfare of the game than Jud. He was a coach’s coach and a mentor to many.  Our hearts are filled with sadness and deepest sympathy for his wife Beverly and the Heathcote family,” said MSU basketball coach Tom Izzo in a statement.

Heathcote coached for 19 years at MSU, leading the Spartans to nine NCAA tournaments.

He died at his home in Spokane, Washington.

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