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Former Michigan State Coach Jud Heathcote Has Passed Away At Age 90

A Big Ten school is mourning the loss of a legend tonight.

Legendary former Michigan State head coach Jud Heathcote passed away on Monday at the age of 90.

Heathcote coached the Spartans from 1976-1995.

Michigan State announced the news, along with statements from head coach and former Heathcote assistant Tom Izzo and athletics director Mark Hollis.

Heathcote came to East Lansing after a five-year stint at Montana.In his third season with the Spartans, Heathcote guided a Magic Johnson-led squad to a 26-6 record and the 1979 national championship.

Heathcote compiled an overall record of 336-224 at MSU. He led the Green and White to nine NCAA appearances and three Big Ten regular season titles before handing the reins over to Izzo in 1995. He also won Big Ten Coach of the Year honors twice and was a 2009 inductee into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Heathcote family.