Tom Izzo returns to team after being sidelined by COVID-19
On Nov. 9, we learned that Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo was the latest high-profile coach to come down with the coronavirus.
It’s officially been two weeks since his diagnosis. After isolation, Izzo is back at the Spartans facility as he tries to help his team get ready for the rapidly approaching 2020-21 season.
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During his time away from the team, associate head coach Dwayne Stephens took over head coaching duties inside the facility. Izzo did watch practice from home and would call players during breaks to tell them what he was noticing during practice.
“Our front-line workers during this time have been so essential, and I have a great appreciation for those people and what they have done to fight this disease during this time,” Izzo said in a statement on Monday. “While some people who have tested positive have not been affected too much by it, I am here to tell you that this virus is no joke and everyone must take this seriously.”
Izzo’s return comes just in the nick of time as Michigan State prepares for its season opener on Wednesday against Eastern Michigan. ON Saturday, the Spartans are set to host Notre Dame in another non-conference matchup. In game No. 3, Izzo’s squad faces a major test on the road against Duke.
Izzo is part of an ever-growing list of college basketball coaches who have contracted the virus. Other notable names include Tennessee’s Rick Barnes and Baylor’s Scott Drew.