Tom Izzo: Blue Collar Coach For a Blue Collar Town

John ManzoContributor IApril 4, 2009

DETROIT - APRIL 03:  Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans walks up court with his players during practice prior to the Final Four of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Ford Field on April 3, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

How fitting is it to have the Michigan State Spartans in the Final Four at Ford Field? Does this Spartan team seem destined for a NCAA Championship? Nobody will know until Saturday evening, but one thing is certain, the Spartans will be prepared to take on the UCONN Huskies. Detroit has always been a city known for their blue collar work ethic, and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo fittingly has the same personality.

Tomorrow night when the Spartans of Michigan State burst out of the tunnel at Ford Field all eyes will be on Tom Izzo.

I promise you we are taking that inspirational spirit onto the court at Ford Field, said Izzo.

Izzo's team will always have a balanced attack and will always be prepared for game time. Izzo, like the city of Detroit, likes to grind it out and play rough and tough. Even being a number two seed in the tournament didn't seem to matter for Michigan State. Analysts were always looking to pick the other team to prevail over Michigan State. USC will beat MSU, Kansas will learn from their last loss to MSU and beat them, or better yet Louisville is more athletic than MSU. People across the world can keep doubting the Spartans, but the Spartans will always fight the odds. I can just imagine what people are saying about the game versus UCONN. Thabeet is too big or Price is a NBA prospect. Michigan State will not let this phase them.

Detroit has gone through some rough times, especially over the past few years. Having Michigan State in the Final Four here in Detroit cannot hurt the city, but only improve it. As of now this is a successful season for Michigan State and the city of Detroit, anything else from here on out is gravy.

Tom Izzo said it best, "We're home; let's bring it home! Let's celebrate. Let's do it with class. Go Green!"