Baby steps before big breakthrough

MSU preaches patience as it puts pieces together to become Big Ten contender

Originally Published: August 28, 2009
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Tom Izzo knows a thing or two about team-building and program-building, two tasks that sound similar but should be handled separately in big-time college sports.

Izzo isn't the only Michigan State coach who understands this critical difference. Spartans football boss Mark Dantonio is on the same wavelength as his hoops colleague.

"If you're looking at building a team, you do whatever you can do to get that team ready that year," Izzo said. ...

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