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January 11, 2019
Gus Ganakas, who was the coach of Michigan State’s men’s basketball team from 1969-76 and remained part of the athletic department until his retirement in 2000, has died. He was 92. Ganakas became an assistant basketball coach at Michigan State in 1966. After taking over as head coach three years later, he went 89-84 in seven seasons.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gus Ganakas, who was the coach of Michigan State’s men’s basketball team from 1969-76 and remained part of the athletic department until his retirement in 2000, has died. He was 92.

Michigan State said Ganakas died Friday. Tom Izzo, the men’s basketball program’s current coach, calls Ganakas one of the most selfless and positive people he’s ever been around.

Ganakas became an assistant coach at Michigan State in 1966. After taking over as head coach three years later, he went 89-84 in seven seasons. Jud Heathcote succeeded him and led the Spartans to a national title in 1979.

Ganakas was an assistant athletic director from 1976-98 and an aide to Izzo from 1998-2000. He also spent over 30 years as one of the voices of Michigan State men’s basketball, serving as a color commentator.

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