Tom Izzo: Definitely One of the Most Famous Natives of Michigan

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Tom Izzo, photo by Hillary Higgens

TRUE CONFESSION: Page-at-a-time slideshows make me want to smash my screen, but I have to say that what mLive is doing with slideshows has been pretty cool. Their feature on the Most Famous Natives of Michigan has their pick for the most famous person from each of Michigan’s 83 counties. Definitely worth a read. Share your thoughts here on on the Michigan in Pictures Facebook!

It’s hard to argue with their choice for the most famous person from Dickinson County, Michigan – Michigan State University Spartan coach Tom Izzo:

Since 1995, Tom Izzo has led the Michigan State men’s basketball team as head coach. Born Jan. 30, 1955, Izzo was recently inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Under his watch, the Spartan team has made it to the Final Four seven times and taken home an NCAA Men’s Division I Championship.

Hillary took this photo back in 2011. View it background big and see more in her 2011 Champion’s Class slideshow.

Michigan March Madness Tip-off Tonight!

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atUmich, photo by Justin_Wan

Three Michigan teams take to the hardwood today for the NCAA Men’s Basketball tourney. It starts with theWestern Michigan Broncos facing Syracuse at 2:45 followed by the media darling Michigan State Spartans vs Delaware at 4:40 and #2 Midwest seed Michigan vs Wafford at 7:10!

Justin got this awesome action shot last year at Ann Arbor’s Crisler Arena for the State News. View his photo bigger and see more in his Winter Sports 2012-2013 slideshow!

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Final Four Homecoming #3, photo by Blackbeard Ben. © 2009 Red Cedar Log

Last weekend, Michigan State University Men’s Basketball coach Tom Izzo passed his predecessor and mentor Jud Heathcoate as the all time wins leader for the MSU Spartans. Check out Congratulations Coach Izzo! on Absolute Michigan for more about the Iron Mountain native, including video.

This photo is one of many in Ben’s Red Cedar Log Event Photos set ( slideshow).

Your NCAA Midwest Regional Champion, Motor City Final Four Bound, Michigan State University Spartans Photopalooza!

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_MG_9071.JPG, photo by eric.mackinnon.

Eric has a great set of photos from the Spartans Final 4 Welcome Home event at the Breslin (slideshow).

You can get the latest MSU Spartans basketball on Flickr.

If you have a favorite picture of Izzo’s crew (and Merchant’s too!) please add a link to it in the comments below.

…and oh yeah, GO GREEN!