Izzo addressed Smart while accepting his Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award, referencing how Burke said how well his decision to stay at Michigan has prepared him. For OSU coach Travis Ford, he was happy to hear the Spartans’ coach give his star point guard some food for thought.
“I pulled some money out of my pocket and asked how much I owed,” Ford joked. “But I think Marcus had his mind made up before then, I really believe that, but I think that helped. It helped having someone of his (Izzo’s) reputation, somebody who has been through it before and somebody who Marcus respects, it probably helped solidify how he was feeling.”