If there’s any coach in collegiate athletics who knows how to deal with an absurd number of injuries to his players, it’s Georgia head football coach Mark Richt. Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo, who has had to deal with the same issue with his Spartans this season, must have figured as much. According to Bruce Pearl, Izzo gave Richt a call for some advice on how to overcome the injury bug. Pete Roussel tweeted the news.
Bruce Pearl says Tom Izzo called Mark Richt for advice on his team overcoming mounting injuries.
— Pete Roussel (@coachingsearch) March 7, 2014
Richt and his Bulldogs overcame the loss of their star quarterback, multiple running backs and numerous defensive players to somehow still post an 8-5 record and a winning mark in the SEC. While UGA was initially supposed to compete for a national title, expectations became a bit more tempered once all of the personnel issues began.
Izzo has had to use nearly 15 different starting lineups this season, In fact, he has played a total of 12 players at least 140 minutes this year – an astounding statistic for such a highly-ranked program. The longtime MSU coach always seems to have things figured out by the time March rolls around – perhaps that’s because he isn’t shy to ask for some good advice?