Michigan State basketball assistant coach Mike Garland announces retirement

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Michigan State basketball assistant coach Mike Garland announced his retirement from coaching on Thursday.

Last season, Garland served as special assistant to Izzo, and before that was an assistant coach for the Spartans.

Garland has spent 22 seasons on Tom Izzo's staff in East Lansing, starting in 1996. The two were teammates at Northern Michigan in the 1970s.

Aside from one season as SMU's associate head coach with Matt Doherty, and three seasons as head coach at Cleveland State, Garland has been with MSU.

"Words can't truly express what Mike Garland mean to me," Izzo said in a released statement. "We've been friends since we met the first night in college and basically have lived the rest of our professional lives together. To say he's just my friend doesn't even scratch the surface of our relationship. He's my brother for life.

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan State basketball assistant coach Mike Garland retires