Hey Joe: Hoops observations before Michigan State zooms to Italy

Tom Izzo started right away with his Eron Harris/Alvin Ellis decision and thoughts Wednesday, then made sure both answered to the media for their offseason, alcohol-related trouble. Which is more surprising — that Izzo handles off-the-court trouble this openly, or that so few other coaches do? It seems like a no-brainer to me from a public relations perspective, but you sure don’t see it very often anymore.

You also don’t see full practices for college sports teams very often, but that’s what happened two days before the Spartans headed for Italy for four games. Some quick thoughts: – Read more at Freep.com

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