41.2 F
Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Father of Spartans assistant coach Dwayne Stephens succumbs to coronavirus

The Michigan State Spartans lost a member of their extended family this week.

As we await the return of sports and any sort of sense of normalcy, we have some unfortunate news to pass along that’s affected a huge part of the Michigan sports community.

Dwayne Stephens Sr., the father of Michigan State Spartans basketball coach Dwayne Stephens, succumbed to COVID-19 earlier this week after contracting the illness.

“DJ (Stephens Jr.) is doing OK,” Missouri assistant basketball coach Cornell Mann and Stephens’ cousin explained. “It’s rough because my aunt is at home alone and has to deal with this after not being able to be with him at the hospital, so that’s tough.”

“He was like a father to me,” Mann continued. “A tough, stand-up guy that made good men out of DJ, (DJ’s younger brother Jarrett) and me. He was tough, but humble. A hard worker. A loving granddad.”

According to Mann, the elder Stephens lived in Oak Park and was in his 60’s. The younger Stephens has been a member of head coach Tom Izzo‘s staff now for nearly two decades.

– – Quotes via Graham Couch of The Lansing State Journal Link – –

Michael Whitaker
Always at the front lines of Detroit Sports.

Latest news

Top 10 Jim Harbaugh Temper Tantrums [Video]

Now that we have had the opportunity to watch Jim Harbaugh up close and personal as head coach of the University of Michigan, we...
- Advertisement -

Flashback: Red Wings’ Dylan Larkin scores first career playoff goal [Video]

In his first career NHL playoff game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2016, Detroit Red Wings rookie Dylan Larkin failed to record a...

Michigan native Floyd Mayweather Jr. to pay for George Floyd’s funeral

According to multiple reports, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has offered to pay for George Floyd's funeral and Floyd's family has accepted the offer. George Floyd, who...

MLB’s ‘last resort’ schedule could benefit Detroit Tigers

Let's face it, no matter how many games end up being played in Major League Baseball this season, there is a very good chance...

Related news

5 Reasons why we can ALL hate the Ohio State Buckeyes

This is Detroit Sports Nation and whether you are a fan of the Maize and Blue or the Green and White, we can all...

Top 10 greatest Michigan Football players of all-time

The University of Michigan is currently the winningest college football program ever. Since being established in 1927, the Wolverines have compiled a staggering 962 wins...

Rumor: Oakland University basketball may land huge matchup for 2020

According to Tony Paul of The Detroit News, Oakland University may land a big matchup for the 2020-21 season. That matchup is rumored to...

Detroit Lions 1st round draft pick and ex-Buckeye Jeff Okudah trolls Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh

The Detroit Lions selected former Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Jeff Okudah with the 3rd overall pick in this year's NFL Draft, and they're banking...
- Advertisement -