New Year’s Day, as is often the case, is a holiday in which college football gets far more attention than college basketball and many programs and conferences have accounted for this. With a light schedule in college basketball, some players have the opportunity to watch their classmates play in their biggest game of the season.
That was the case for the Michigan State basketball team, which was able to watch their football team come back from a 20-point deficit to beat Baylor 42-41 in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. Above is a short video of the players watching the end of the game in the locker room, with Connor Cook’s game-winning touchdown pass to Keith Mumphrey with 17 seconds remaining and linebacker Riley Bullough’s game-sealing interception being the plays watched in the video.
Football is a sport Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo has incorporated into his program throughout his tenure in East Lansing. In past years Izzo’s players have donned shoulder pads in practice for incredibly physical rebounding drills, and last season’s team took a trip to Indianapolis to watch the football team beat Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game.