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Tom Izzo calls PGA Tour caddie after wife passes away

Sep 1, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

Tom Izzo is one of the most popular basketball coaches in the country, and it isn’t only because he’s won a national title and taken his Michigan State program to six Final Fours in his 19 years.

Izzo just seems to get it, and a story that came out this weekend from an ESPN golf writer is a perfect example of that.

Lance Bennett is the caddy for tour pro Matt Kuchar. His wife died unexpectedly this weekend. Bennett is a huge Michigan State fan, and Izzo caught wind of this story.

From ESPN:

Izzo learned that Lance Bennett was a huge Spartans basketball fan and went on a mission to contact him.

After making a few calls (six degrees of separation is true), by Friday morning Izzo had Bennett’s phone number. Bennett didn’t recognize the incoming number at first and let the call go to voicemail. The coach left him a message, but called back again, just in case.

Bennett answered this time, even though he hadn’t heard the voicemail, so it was a complete surprise for him to hear Izzo’s voice on the other end of the call. They spoke for about 15 minutes.

It’s a nice gesture, one that Izzo didn’t have to do that surely helped someone in a bad spot.

  1. barkleyblows - Sep 1, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    One of the dirtiest coaches in the game!

    • greengoldandbold - Sep 1, 2014 at 7:48 PM

      Perhaps you’re bias ?

  2. greengoldandbold - Sep 1, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Izzo is one of the kinder easy going folks you’ll ever run into.

  3. dmvdmv101560 - Sep 2, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    As a Wolverine fan I have always been impressed with Izzo – not only for what he does on the court but for what he does off the court as well. As someone who lives in Michigan it’s not unusual to hear these stories about Izzo and just as impressive is he has never brought negative attention to MSU or college basketball as a whole. He may not get the media coverage that a Calipari might get but then Izzo would never blur the lines of ethical behavior that gets coaches like Calipari the coverage to begin with!

  4. drs76109 - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Might be a secondary violation. Quick, get on it, NCAA!


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