Whether you bleed maize and blue, or the Spartan green and white, I think we all can admit that Tom Izzo is one of the best, if not the best in Michigan college sports history. Izzo has brought seven big ten regular season championships, as well as three big ten tourney titles. Not to mention the 16 year run of appearing in the NCAA Tournament, plus a national title doesn’t hurt either.
Why am I bringing this up? Well the sporting news has released their list of the top 25 current active coaches across all sports, and two of our very own Michigan coaches received places on the list. Izzo got the nod at number eleven overall, whose success they compared to Bo Schembechler in the 70’s as Michigan head football coach.
Also appearing on the list was our very own Mike Babcock who came in at number thirteen. Babcock led the Wings to a Stanley Cup in 2008, and also led team Canada to two Olympic gold medals in 2010 and 2014. Also mentioned for Babcock was the fact he has more wins with the Wings than Jack Adams, but has yet to win the award.
So here’s my question for all of you…
Who would you say are the top coaches that the state of Michigan has ever been graced with? Scotty Bowman and his 3 Stanley Cups? Bo Schembechler and the innumerable conference titles he brought to Ann Arbor? Chuck Daly with the two NBA titles during the Bad Boys era? Or is it Izzo, with his national title and 16 year NCAA tourney appearance run? Or Maybe Sparky Anderson who brought us our last World Series in 1984?
What do the great fans of this state have to say?
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