Izzo was recently named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Special Committee on Recruiting and Access, a 19-member body charged with looking at the current status of both aspects and developing alternative plans. ''Right now, we don't have any access to our players,'' Tennessee State coach Cy Alexander, another member of the committee, said. ''We can't see them out of season, we can't watch them work out. Our time is limited with them. ''We're going to evaluate the whole recruiting model and see how we can change it to where it's more beneficial to both the student-athletes and to the coaches.'' Izzo will be working with Alexander. Also sitting on the prestigious committee are Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, Cincinnati's Bob Huggins, Oklahoma's Kelvin Sampson, Kentucky's Tubby Smith and North Carolina's Roy Williams.
Spartans Keeping Recruiting Clean: With all the reports coming in about wild parties involving strippers, lewd activity, alcohol and drugs, Michigan State got a clean bill of health from one recent recruit. Incoming freshman linebacker Eric Andino of Buffalo Grove, NY confirmed that there was no "hanky-panky" on his recruiting trips to Michigan State.
"(My trip) was great. You always hear stuff, girls running with you, but there was nothing like that at Michigan State. The guys just sit around," Andino said. "You always hear things, like some guys get this or they get that." About the most excitement Andino had on his trip was watching a men's hockey game between rivals Michigan and Michigan State.
Canadian Big Man in Spartans Sights: Theo Davis, a 6-9, 215-pound center from Ontario who played this past season at Marian Academy in New York is on the Spartans short list of basketball recruits. Davis listed Illinois, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Louisville, Michigan State, Missouri, Ohio State, Syracuse and Texas as the schools he is considering.
Michigan State senior defensive end Clifford Dukes, who sprained his left knee in Saturday's spring game, had an MRI this week and will not require surgery.