September 3rd, 2017

I got the call Monday about 9 p.m. telling me I’d lost my mentor. It was a gut punch to me, Michigan State and the entire college basketball world. But soon thereafter, I had my first reminder that Jud Heathcote really wasn’t gone from my life. I was scheduled to fly to Kansas City for a meeting with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Board of Directors early Tuesday morning. Even though I was filled with grief, I could hear Jud’s voice in my head telling me, “Tom, don’t you dare miss that meeting.”

Source: Detroit Free Press