Found March 20, 2013 on Fox Sports Detroit:
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Bill Raftery took notes at court side Wednesday while he watched Michigan State coach Tom Izzo put his team through a practice at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Raftery, in his 29th year of broadcasting the NCAA Tournament for CBS Sports, treasures the games great coaches and is close friends with many of them. So when asked to place the four best going today on his Mount Rushmore of college basketball coaches, it was anticipated that he would decline or at least hesitate to answer. There were going to be some pretty great coaches left out. But Raftery leaned back and fired away with the answers. Id put Tom up there, Raftery said, looking over his glasses at Izzo sprinting down court with the Spartans. Mike Krzyzewski and (Jim) Boeheim. Raftery paused. This last one was going to be tough. But in a few seconds, Raftery said, Bill Self. Theres my four, and Im leaving about eight great coaches off the mountain. What does he like best about Izzo? He doesnt mi...
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