The Spartans will wear the patch for the 2017-2018 season.
On Wednesday, Michigan State revealed a patch the Spartans will wear for the upcoming season in honor of former coach, Jud Heathcote, who passed away in August at the age of 90.
Heathcote coached the Spartans from 1979 to 1995 and led Michigan State to a national title in 1979.
Check it out:
Here’s the “Jud” patch the Spartans will be sporting this season in memory of former MSU coach Jud Heathcote, courtesy of Jaren Jackson Jr. pic.twitter.com/QyWC0cvNOO
— Jon LeBlanc (@JLeBlanc_21) October 11, 2017
In addition to the patch, Michigan State also has a Jud Heathcote Tribute Game planned for Feb. 10 when the Spartans take on Purdue.
Head coach Tom Izzom, who worked under Heathcote from 1983-1995, said he will play zone defense on the first possession of the season in honor of the former coach, according to AJC.com.
Michigan State kicks off its 2017-2018 season with an exhibition game on Oct. 26 versus Ferris State.