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The van is really a moving office, wired with all the technology Tom Izzo needs to examine game film as he is driven across the state and upper Midwest to see prospective recruits for his Michigan State University men's basketball program.
It is provided by MSU corporate sponsor Joe Serra, owner of more than 20 auto dealerships across the United States including one in Grand Blanc. The price is "lots of love" for Serra including four MSU basketball season tickets, said MSU athletic director Mark Hollis, and the idea is to make life easier for Izzo.
Hollis wants Izzo to use private planes more for recruiting, even though they cost $1,200 to $3,500 an hour.
"I have to push him a little bit to realize time is more valuable than his old-school thought process," said Hollis, who expects to report a balanced 2009-10 athletic department budget of $75 million in July after doing the same for the 2008-09 budget year.