Tom Izzo talks about Flint’s trademark toughness

Posted: October 12, 2010 by patrickhayes13 in College

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo was in Flint last week to receive an award from the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint. With Flint players having such a huge role in his success at Michigan State, Izzo had a lot to say about the city. He told NBC 25’s Dave Kinchen that Flint’s toughness is unique:

“I’ve recruited kids from a lot of different places in the country but I’m not sure any tougher or harder working than this city has produced,” he said in an interview after accepting his award. “The proof is in the pudding. That’s no recruiting ploy. That’s the truth.”

He also talked about the city in general, hoping it can rebound from some of the struggles Flint has been going through:

“So, it’s just such a neat city to me, and I’m glad everybody’s trying to get it back. You’ve all gone through some tough times here, as we all have. But it hits places like this even harder. And yet, if there’s any place that, to me, can fight back and get back on its feet, it’s this place.”

— Patrick Hayes

  1. Jared Field says:

    This is a sad commentary because it’s in the past tense. The truth is, Flint’s most talented players aren’t even close to being as tough mentally or physically as their predecessors.

    I hope that changes, but I’ve seen a drop off even in just the last five years.

  2. SBell says:

    No doubt, look no more than beyond the stories on the front page. Flint basketball, like Michigan at large in endeavors beyond basketball, was a 20th-century phenomenon.

  3. What a couple of curmudgeons.

    “Everything’s worse than it used to be. We’re old and complain about everything. Blah blah blah.”

    It’s impossible to measure something as intangible as “toughness” across eras. Further, I would just like to toss this out there: it takes a certain level of toughness for a lot of these kids, growing up in the environment they’re in, to get through the day-to-day stuff. They are certainly tougher than me or anyone I know in that respect.

    • Jared Field says:

      Actually no, not really.

      Toughness, in those days, had a lot to do with great coaching. We’ve lost a lot of that.

      Just study outcomes across eras and you’ll know what I’m talking about. Outcomes are very tangible.

  4. SBell says:

    Tougher than a white liberal journalist? They’re Special Forces matereial!

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