Michigan State basketball nice Stan Washington dies at 78

Stan Washington was a three-time All-Big Ten selection during his time at Michigan State from 1963-66. He died last week at age 78.

Whereas Michigan did their finest to remain inside hanging distance of Villanova within the 2018 Basketball Nationwide Championship recreation in San Antonio, few cheered louder for the Wolverines than Stan Washington.

It wasn’t a dyed-in-the-wool Wolverine. No, Washington was one of many biggest gamers in Michigan State historical past. On that April night time in Texas, nonetheless, he switched allegiances within the fierce state rivalry to cheer on his son, Michigan’s assistant employees coach Saddi Washington.

The eldest Washington, who moved to Lansing after his playing days ended, died last week at 78 years outdated. He’s survived by his spouse, Veda, and three sons.

Though the Wolverines could not topple the Wildcats in San Antonio, Saddi will always remember his father’s assist. An all-state interpreter to Sexton, Saddi mentioned at any time when the topic of the MSU/UM rivalry comes up — particularly given his household’s shared rooting pursuits — he tells folks he “was born of Spartan blood”. Not solely was Stan a Michigan State alumnus, however Veda and their youngest son (and Saddi’s youthful brother), Famoun, have been too.

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