Michigan State players to wear uniform patch this season in honor of Jud Heathcote

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State's basketball team will wear patches throughout the upcoming season to honor former coach Jud Heathcote.

The Feb. 10 home game against Purdue also has been named the Jud Heathcote Tribute Game. Michigan State says that date coincides with the annual reunion of former Spartans players.

Heathcote died Aug. 28 in Spokane, Washington, at the age of 90.

Heathcote retired in 1995 after a 19-year career at Michigan State. He led the Spartans and Magic Johnson to the 1979 NCAA championship, won three Big Ten titles and appeared in nine NCAA tournaments. He got his start as a college head coach at Montana in 1971.

A public memorial service is scheduled for Sept. 23 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Spokane.