And yet as Spartan Nation, the college basketball world, and virtually anyone that had ever met Coach Heathcote, struggled to cope with their grief, the amazing tributes began to emerge. Each one capturing a different aspect of what made Coach Heathcote so special. Whether it was a former player, a coach he mentored, or a media member who covered the team, everyone certainly had a story to share about Jud.
Here is a collection of some of the tributes to Coach Heathcote.
Postscript: Jud Heathcote, 1927-2017 by Brendan Quinn, The Athletic (subscription)
Crean: Jud Heathcote taught us all how it should be done by Tom Crean, The Athletic (subscription)
Jud Heathcote's charm made him great, but he was the `mother' of coaches by Mick McCabe, Detroit Free Press
Remembering Jud Heathcote, the funniest coach who ever won it all by Mike DeCourcy, The Sporting News
Couch: Jud Heathcote was a gem -- as real as you thought he was by Graham Couch, Lansing State Journal
Henning: Heathcote stressed basics, won with `Magic' by Lynn Henning, The Detroit News
Jud Heathcote's mentoring, humor made him a pillar of MSU basketball by Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press
Jud Heathcote was a master college basketball coach, stand-up comedian, and a one-of-a-kind man by Mike Lopresti, NCAA.com
Former MSU players, friends share stories, weigh in on the death of Jud Heathcote by Cody Tucker, Lansing State Journal
A trip down memory lane with Coach Jud by Cody Tucker, Lansing State Journal