MSU has top football-hoops coach combo 

March, 16, 2011
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The NCAA hoops tournament is officially under way. Meanwhile, a few schools with great football coaches are on the hunt for new basketball coaches (Arkansas, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma, to name a few). It's rare these days to find schools that have hit home runs on both of their coaching hires for these two major sports, but a few certainly have. That brings us to this week's Top 10 list: the nation's best football-basketball coaching tandems.

1. Michigan State Spartans

The Spartans' basketball program, led by Tom Izzo, is hard to top, having been to six Final Fours in the past 11 seasons. The only hoops coach who has had a stronger run at one school would be Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, and Blue Devil football isn't close to being where MSU is thanks to Mark Dantonio, the reigning Big Ten Coach of the Year. Dantonio just led the Spartans to an 11-2 season and a share of the Big Ten title.

2. Ohio State Buckeyes

Jim Tressel has dominated the Big Ten (and OSU's archrival Michigan) for the past decade, leading the Buckeyes to a BCS title along the way, while Thad Matta did great work at Xavier before leading Ohio State to a Final Four. This is Matta's seventh season in Columbus and every one has been at least a 20-win season. His current team is picked by many as the national title favorite, and if they can roll off six straight, you could make a strong case that the Buckeyes would deserve the top spot here.


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