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Nice piece over on ESPN.
Edit: Also some good Burke fluff. They are loving us this week:
An excellent article on Grantland today:
I don't know if others think this about basketball as well, but I know I love Michigan's offense under Coach Beilein than many other coaches in the area.
I would love to see the West Liberty Team and would love to see offenses like Bo Ryan's disappear. However there is an advantage to slowing things down, and with the officials allowing the increase physicality on the perimeter there is a distinct advantage in mauling the better players.
Jay Bilas himself noted that Trey Burke will do well in the NBA where the kind of physicality practiced by Aaron Craft for OSU and the other guards in the Big 10 will not be allowed.
Ah well one can dream.
Happy 60th birthday to our fearless basketball leader!!
Now let's go out and stomp on Ohio's throat in front of a frenzied Crisler crowd!
GO BLUE. BEAT OHIO.
I was just reading an article by Jason King over at the WWL about the strength of the Big Ten this year. Toward the end of the article, King discussed some random things about the season so far, and this was one of them:
4. Random thought here, but the race for National Coach of the Year is going to be an interesting one. Lots of good candidates but no hands-down favorites. At least not yet. Here are some guys who may be considered: Dana Altman (Oregon), Brad Stevens (Butler), Bruce Weber (Kansas State), Tubby Smith (Minnesota), Gregg Marshall (Wichita State), Larry Shyatt (Wyoming) and Larry Eustachy (Colorado State).
And for the record, I tend to favor coaches who have surpassed expectations set forth during the preseason, which tends to put guys like Mike Krzyzewski and Bill Self at a disadvantage. But I would have no problem if the coach of a top-five-caliber team ended up winning the award. Staying at the top is often as difficult as getting there.
To be honest, I was surprised that he didn't mention Beilein with those other coaches. Granted, I'm sure he wasn't trying to provide an exhaustive list, but I still feel like Beilein has to be on a short list of coaches in the running.
Your thoughts? I'll hang up and listen.
Help Coach Beilein by voting for The St. Louis Center in the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge. He is currently well behind Thad Matta. By voting, not only will you be supporting a good cause, but you will also aiding the effort to beat Ohio. Need you more incentive?
Mod edit: Took the OT tag off. Probably not worth the time to do it, but titles are a "thing" for me. Quick reminder: anything regarding Michigan the school, Michigan athletics, Big Ten or future opponent athletics and Ann Arbor topics don't require a tag. Also, I voted. Thanks for posting, OP. JGB.