Michigan State to pay tribute to coaching icon Heathcote

The Associated Press
FILE - In this Jan. 5, 1979, file photo, Michigan State basketball coach Jud Heathcote speaks on the sidelines during an NCAA college basketball game against Wisconsin in East Lansing, Mich. Heathcote, who led Michigan State and Magic Johnson to the 1979 NCAA championship, has died. He was 90. The school says Heathcote died Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Spokane, Washington. (AP Photo/MCP, File)

Michigan State to pay tribute to coaching icon Heathcote

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 1979, file photo, Michigan State basketball coach Jud Heathcote speaks on the sidelines during an NCAA college basketball game against Wisconsin in East Lansing, Mich. Heathcote, who led Michigan State and Magic Johnson to the 1979 NCAA championship, has died. He was 90. The school says Heathcote died Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Spokane, Washington. (AP Photo/MCP, File)

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State's basketball team will wear patches throughout the upcoming season to honor former coach Jud Heathcote.

The Feb. 10 home game against Purdue also has been named the Jud Heathcote Tribute Game. Michigan State says that date coincides with the annual reunion of former Spartans players.

Heathcote died Aug. 28 in Spokane, Washington, at the age of 90.

Heathcote retired in 1995 after a 19-year career at Michigan State. He led the Spartans and Magic Johnson to the 1979 NCAA championship, won three Big Ten titles and appeared in nine NCAA tournaments. He got his start as a head coach in college at Montana in 1971.

A public memorial service is scheduled Sept. 23 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Spokane.

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