The college basketball world mourned the loss of a legendary figure Monday when former Michigan State Spartans Coach Jud Heathcote passed away at age 90.
Heathcote, who coached at Michigan State for 19 years, led the Spartans to a national championship in 1979 with Magic Johnson prevailing over Larry Bird in one of the most storied games in college basketball history.
Current Spartans head coach Tom Izzo served as Heathcote's assistant before taking over as his replacement.
"The basketball world is a sadder place today with the passing of Jud Heathcote," Izzo wrote in a press release .
Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis also reflected on the impact Heathcote had on his career.
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