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Old Aug 29, 2017, 09:28 AM   #1
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One of the really good ones has passed away:

http://www.msuspartans.com/sports/m-...082917aab.html
http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/ncaa...zmi?li=BBnb7Kz

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Old Aug 29, 2017, 09:48 AM   #2
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Hate to hear that. He and Lou had some classic battles. Best wishes to his family, friends and former players.
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Old Aug 29, 2017, 10:15 AM   #3
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Jud was a classy guy. I always thought he was very similar to Lou in his style and type of play.

One of my enduring memories, however, is of him somehow with the ball in his hands after a frustrating play or call. He slammed the ball against the court with two hands and it bounced right back and hit him in the face. "Stunned" is a mild way to describe his reaction.

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Old Aug 29, 2017, 10:28 AM   #4
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Sorry to hear of his passing.

As I recall the play, State was on offense in front of the State bench. State threw the ball away or lost it out-of-bounds and it went straight to Heathcote standing up on the out-of-bounds line a few steps from the State bench. In frustration, he grabbed it with both hands, sort of leaned the top part of his body over and slammed the ball against the floor right in front of his feet. The ball immediately rebounded back right in his puss. (State always was a good rebounding team.) Of course, memory can play tricks.
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Old Aug 29, 2017, 11:07 AM   #5
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Just watched him on BTN coaches show. Classy and witty until the end.
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Old Aug 29, 2017, 01:39 PM   #6
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Lost one of the really good ones. Loved as a student and after being there when Illinois played MSU. Some tremendous battles. And like many others here, was in the building when EJ hit the corner winner. Of course, Jud got the last laugh that year with Earvin, Jay and Kelser.

As an aside, anyone remember who provided terrific unintended comedy when they confused Jud with Jim Jeffcoat after they were drafted by the Dallas Cowboys? I think the quote was something like, "I'm really excited to be able to play with and learn from other great defensive ends like Jud Heathcote and Harvey Martin." Funny. And, no, it wasn't an Illini player.

RIP, Jud!
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Old Aug 29, 2017, 06:32 PM   #7
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Jud was a classy guy. I always thought he was very similar to Lou in his style and type of play.

One of my enduring memories, however, is of him somehow with the ball in his hands after a frustrating play or call. He slammed the ball against the court with two hands and it bounced right back and hit him in the face. "Stunned" is a mild way to describe his reaction.


Just shared the same memory with my family- I saw this live at AH.


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Old Aug 30, 2017, 06:52 PM   #8
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Rollie Massimino goes in the same week

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Old Aug 30, 2017, 07:18 PM   #9
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Rollie Massimino goes in the same week
Another class act. Rollie had some great Nova teams and that 85 upset over Ewing's Georgetown team was one for the ages.

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Old Sep 5, 2017, 11:47 AM   #10
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Jud was a classy guy. I always thought he was very similar to Lou in his style and type of play.

One of my enduring memories, however, is of him somehow with the ball in his hands after a frustrating play or call. He slammed the ball against the court with two hands and it bounced right back and hit him in the face. "Stunned" is a mild way to describe his reaction.
I remember that game. I think it was an early Jan game and I was at home watching the game on tv. They kept replaying it over and over...

RIP Jud!!!
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