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Jemele Hill says the idea of Tom Izzo coaching football isn't as crazy as it might seem.

Updated: November 28, 2006, 12:34 PM ET
By Jemele Hill | Page 2 columnist

The idea, at first, seemed absurd.

Tom Izzo as Michigan State's football coach?

C'monnnn …

Izzo, who has spent 12 years as MSU's basketball coach and has taken the Spartans to four Final Fours, started a slight uproar in Michigan on Monday when he didn't exactly shoot down the idea of taking over the football team.

The story abated after a few soft denials from Izzo, who is the best friend of Steve Mariucci, and the MSU administration. With a hint of sadness ...

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