Would This Guy Look Good In A Spartan Green Sport Coat?

Would This Guy Look Good In A Spartan Green Sport Coat?

Crowley Sullivan

Would This Guy Look Good In A Spartan Green Sport Coat?

Nothing wrong with thinking about succession plans.  Michigan State could do worse than Porter Moser.

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Let’s make this as clear as possible before anyone gets their panties all bunched up –

This is, in no way whatsoever, an advocacy for the search of a new head basketball coach for the Michigan State Spartans.

But any good organization has succession plans that are discussed in transparent ways.

So let’s have a transparent discussion about the reality of the Spartans’ Hall of Fame head coach, Tom Izzo, being 63 years old, having been in the position he’s been in for 23 years, and spending 12 years prior to that as Jud Heathcote’s chief lieutenant.

Thirty-five years at one place – that’s longer than Jesus lived on earth.

And I’m pretty sure that management at the carpentry shop where JC toiled to earn his wage gave him a wooden time pice after his fifth year on the job there.

Izzo, at some point, is going to choose to ease on down the road and, as Keith Jackson always liked to say, sit by the shady tree.

What happens when Izzo chooses to go sit by that shady tree?

Does Michigan State University decide to shut down the basketball program or is there a man out there somewhere who might be able to serve as a half-way decent successor?

Could Michigan State do worse than eventually tabbing the man who has engineered one of the all time great runs in NCAA Tournament history in Loyola’s Porter Moser?

Before anyone wants to point out the obvious I’ll do that for you –

If Donte Ingram’s heroic buzzer beater against Miami in the First Round is an inch to the left, nobody knows Porter Moser’s name except for his Benet Academy teammates like Brent Hyland, aka The Captain, and Phil Lascala, the current head basketball coach at Lake Forest (IL) High School.

Ah – but, Ingram’s shot was good.

And subsequent shots by Clayton Custer against Tennessee and Marques Townes against Nevada have led the Loyola Ramblers (as stated within this space when it was said that this team would reach the Sweet Sixteen, it’s not Loyola – Chicago, it’s just Loyola) to within a game of reaching the Final Four.

For any person that wants to suggest that Porter Moser’s Ramblers have hit the end of the road and that Kansas State will be too much to overtake, I’ll offer that person the privilege of cleaning out the cat feces from my upstairs laundry room inside of my home.

Think this is a lucky run and that Moser is a flash in the pan?

Think again.

He honed his skills at the (robust) side of Rick Majerus and bases his tactical approach on the Majerus system he helped oversee for the five years he was Majerus’s top aide at Saint Louis.

It appears as though Moser has wisely chosen to eschew Majerus’s dietary practices.

This guy is a Midwesterner who grew up following every aspect of Big Ten Basketball, starred at Naperville, Illinois’s Benet Academy and went on to help Creighton win a Missouri Valley Championship in 1989 before diving into a career as a gym rat determined to eventually lead a big time program.

After runs as the head man at Arkansas-Little Rock (54-34 in three years) and Illinois State (51-67 over four years), Moser has posted an astounding overall mark at…………….Loyola………….of 120-110.

On a regular basis, Moser needs to ask his Division I Men’s Basketball Team to leave the gymnasium in order to accommodate the Loyola Theater & Arts Troupe so the troupe can prepare for it’s weekly improvisational performance art exhibit (which is sometimes canceled due to a shortfall of ticket sales).

On more than one occasion, Moser has piled the entire travel squad, the cheerleaders, a few of the Rogers Park hobos, the aforementioned Captain, and Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt into his own station wagon and driven the group to Rambler road contests himself.

From time to time, Loyola University has used the campus gymnasium for the student science fair and Moser has held practice sessions in his driveway in Wilmette, Illinois (the players, of course, riding their bicycles the short distance up Sheridan Road).

From 1951 – 1975, George Ireland won 321 games – including the 1963 NCAA Championship – as the head coach of the Ramblers.

From 1980 – 1989, Gene Sullivan won 149 games – including a terrific run to the Sweet Sixteen in 1985 – as Loyola’s head coach.

Do we really count Lenny Sachs’s 224 wins from 1923 – 1942?

When Loyola hired Moser as its head coach in 2011, did the university agree to pay the man in United States currency or was the agreement that they’d cover his meals at Homer’s on Green Bay Road along with some weekly coupons for groceries at the Northfield Jewel?

This guy has Loyola a win over a very beatable Kansas State team away from the Final Four.

The big boys are probably already at his doorstep – and good for Moser that he might be on the brink of a nice payday after nearly thirty years of sweating in the shadows.

Michigan State would be smart to send Moser a coupon for a free Buffalo Burger at The Peanut Barrel enclosed within a nice letter of appreciation for the run he’s on right now.

It wouldn’t kill Michigan State to ask Moser his sport coat size and see if he’s allergic to the color green.

It wouldn’t kill Michigan State to send word Moser’s way that there is slight concern that his blood pressure and cholesterol levels might have organically (probably through osmosis) risen to dangerous levels due to his years at Majeru’s “side.”

In the meantime, is it fair to suggest that Spartans jump on this Rambler bandwagon and pull for this story to finish with the greatest glory possible?

And if Michigan State isn’t interested in Moser now or ever, could the Michigan State Board of Trustees at least recognize that Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt would do wonders for the current and future university priorities?

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