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Tom Izzo Is A Good Samaritan, Helps Free Stuck Car From Snowbound Bondage

Tom Izzo: legendary basketball coach, close “friend” of Steve Mariucci, accomplished dancer/singer/performer , Good Samaritan?

With his Michigan State Spartans basketball team preparing for a potentially NCAA Tournament make-it-or-break-it game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers Tuesday, MSU head coach Tom Izzo took time out of his busy schedule to come to the assistance of an exasperated Michiganite who was trying – with no luck – to free her car which was stuck in a snowbank at the end of her driveway.

At first, Izzo drove on by, already irritated by how the slow traffic due to the weather was already delaying his trip to Breslin Center Monday morning, reconsidered, his guilt getting the best of him, as he decided to go back and help the damsel in distress.

From The Detroit News (via The Dagger):

“I rode by and said, ‘God, I got to be a better human being,’ because I’m always on my guys about being a better teammate,” Izzo said. “So I backed up and asked her if she was stuck and she said, ‘Yeah.'”

Ultimately, the car was freed, but not without some humor. Izzo, accompanied by his passenger, former Spartans player Idong Ibok, eschewed the snowblower the lady was using and began shoveling snow out from behind the car’s tires. When he gave the lady the go ahead to give the car some gas, the engine revved, but nothing happened – the wheels were not even spinning…

“The car started racing and I’m looking down and the wheels aren’t moving,” he said. “She had it in park.”

Ha. Women drivers.

Tom Izzo knows snow: MSU coach helps free stuck motorist [The Detroit News (via The Dagger)]