Michigan State coach Tom Izzo was a big supporter of former Northwestern coach Bill Carmody. I asked him how he thought new coach Chris Collins would fit in in the Big Ten.
"It's going to be great," he said. "Chris has gotten tutelage from, arguably, the best. And when you look at the schools, as far as academically and all that, there are a lot of similarities. And I think Chris is a great fit. It's going to be fun to have him in the Big Ten.
"I loved having Tommy Amaker from Duke in there when he was at Michigan. It all comes down to a couple of things. He's got to get players in there. They've got to make a total commitment to basketball. There are a lot of factors that go into being successful.
"I've been fortunate with what I've had at Michigan State, and I think if you put a good coach in a situation where everybody from the top down is focused in on the same goal, you're going to get it done.
And I think Chris Collins is going to be a good one to get it done. I love Bill Carmody. There are a lot of different reasons. There are some way better coaches than myself that are being fired. Some of us are being canonized while others are being fired.
I look at some of those guys, they've done a better job than the job I've done. You've got to be lucky in this profession too."