Jud Heathcote, who led Michigan State and Magic Johnson to the 1979 NCAA basketball championship, has died. He was 90.
The school announced that Mr. Heathcote died Monday in Spokane, Wash.
Spartans coach Tom Izzo was hired by Mr. Heathcote as a part-time assistant in 1983. With Mr. Heathcote’s support, Izzo was promoted to replace him when Mr. Heathcote retired in 1995.
“The basketball world is a sadder place today with the passing of Jud Heathcote,” Izzo said. “No one cared more about the welfare of the game than Jud. He was a coach’s coach and a mentor to many.”
Mr. Heathcote won 340 games, three Big Ten titles and appeared in nine NCAA tournaments during his 19-year career at Michigan State.
He was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009 along with Johnson and Larry Bird, whose Indiana State team lost to the Spartans in the 1979 final.
The National Association of Basketball Coaches gave Mr. Heathcote the Golden Anniversary Award for 50 years of service in 2001, when he was also inducted into the Michigan State Athletics Hall of Fame.
Mavericks, Noel agree to 1-year deal
Nerlens Noel has signed his $4.1 million qualifying offer from the Dallas Mavericks.
The team announced the signing of the 6-foot-11 center, who had been a restricted free agent and now will be unable to sign a long-term deal until after the upcoming season.
Noel, 23, had hoped to get a maximum deal this offseason from the Mavericks, who would have matched an offer sheet from another team. He averaged 8.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 22 games with Dallas after being obtained from Philadelphia in a trade deadline deal in February.
•The Cavaliers have scrapped plans for a $140 million renovation of Quicken Loans Arena.
The team had hoped to upgrade the 22-year-old downtown facility with more dining spaces and a glass exterior. However, following opposition from community groups opposed to tax money being used, the NBA franchise has backed away from the project.
•Syracuse’s Taurean Thompson, who had a solid freshman season for the Orange, is taking a leave of absence from the university, men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim announced in a brief statement. Thompson, a 6-foot-9 forward from New York, played in all 34 of the Orange’s games in 2016-17, starting 21 times. He averaged 9.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in playing 17.9 minutes a game and shot 54.6 percent from the field, showing a deft touch around the basket.
Hockey: Russian wing Danis Zaripov has been cleared to pursue an NHL contract after being banned by the Kontinental Hockey League and International Ice Hockey Federation for doping.
The NHL said in a statement that Zaripov, 36, was cleared in part because pseudoephedrine is not on its prohibited substances list and that he was not allowed to testify at his hearing.