The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.
Beilein's seat is declared hot here:
Fair or not? Discuss.
If I recall correctly he was hired just after the '07 season. Benzing aside, this recruiting class looks really weak in retrospect, at least by Big Ten standards:
Of course, I realize that Cronin is unavailable. I'm not sure he was destined to be future All-American, though. As well, I think Benzing was an administrative long shot.
I also don't know much about recruiting cycles for basketball. Because of timing issues, it might not be fair to judge that class too harshly.
He has done better since then, and I'd be inclined to give him more time (two seasons at least). He's more of a system coach than most and he might need a full roster of "his guys."
I was a student at Richmond when Beilein coached there, so I was pretty pumped when Michigan signed him. He's got a great track record building programs, and he was able to build WVU into a national contender. Year one under his coaching was historically awful. Year two showed promise, and with so many key pieces back for year three, we fans were understandably juiced. Now we are understandably disappointed. But I haven't heard anybody calling for rolling heads. The lack of execution on the players' part has not really fallen at Beilein's feet.
When we signed RR, I was also pumped. I was fired up to see a wide-open offense romping through helpless defenses in the Big House. After a few miserable experiences against the spread, I was stoked to see the powers of the spread used for good. Before he even got started, there were some grumblings. Year one under RR was historically awful, and the grumblings intensified. Year two showed promise, but crumbled. And folks grumbled. Heaven help RR if his year three compares to JB's.
Why are these two WVU transplants sitting on seats of such disparate temperatures? It can't be all results. Do we really care that much how they act in press conferences? Have the NCAA infractions under RR been that egregious? Or is football just the one sport we love the most, while we had become inured to mediocrity in the post Fab Five years? I'm not saying JB should be canned; I'm just saying that maybe we should hold the two coaches up together when we decide how much pressure to put on RR.
As coach Beilein came into the same conference at the same time as Tubby Smith I think it is only fair they should stand as a measuring stick to the other.
Tubby took over a team that had gone 8-22 the previous year returning no highly rated recruits. Minnesota had been to the tournament twice in the decade preceding--in 1999 and 2005. Minnesota has been recovering from one of the worst academic fraud scandals in ncaa history(Leading to the purging of Clem Haskins from coaching in 1999). Minnesota's facilities are probably the worst in the big ten. So far as I know, there are no plans for a practice facility in sight. Most would probably consider Ann Arbor to be the better college town, the University of Michigan to be a better academic institution, and Michigan to be generally a better brand name.
Beilein took over a team that had gone 22-13 the previous year and returned one recruit of note-Deshawn--maybe one and a half if you want to count Udoh. Michigan had been to the tournament once in the decade preceding--1997. Michigan has an aging stadium, plans to break ground on a practice facility in the next year, and is still said to be reeling from the Ed Martin scandal which occured well over a decade ago as well.
On to the comparison: Tubby is 58-35 at Minnesota. Beilein is 44-49 at Michigan. Tubby has brought in 4 highly rated recruits: Joseph, Sampson, R. Williams, and crackhead White. Beilein has brought in one and a half: Morris and (.5 assist from Amaker)Manny. Tubby has brought Minnesota to the tourney once with no tournament wins. Beilein has brought Michigan to the tournament once with one tournament win.
Minnesota is hardly a recruiting hotbed--however those recruits who do wish to stay close to home have few other options, whereas relatively plentiful quality recruits in the state of Michigan(and northern Ohio/Indiana) have a lot of choices nearby.
Tubby obviously has won many more games--but at the same time some would say that Clemson win is more important than regular season wins and losses. However, it does seem as if Tubby is pulling in better recruits while Minnesota has considerably less to offer. What do you all think?
Beilein signs contract extension
ANN ARBOR, Mich.---University of Michigan Men's basketball head coach John Beilein has agreed to a contract extension to lead the Wolverines through the 2015-16 season, athletic director Bill Martin announced today.
"John Beilein has been a wonderful addition to our staff here at Michigan. What he has done on and off the court with our men's basketball team has been tremendous, and he has made it clear he wants to coach at Michigan until he retires," said Martin, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. "This contract extension is a win-win situation for the men's basketball program at Michigan and for Coach Beilein."
Beilein's total compensation under the new contract will be $1.7 million in 2010-11, $1.8 million in 2012-13 and $1.9 million by the 2013-14 season.
Currently in his third season at the helm of the Wolverine program, Beilein has continued to be a proven winner throughout his career. Beilein has won 588 career games, placing him in the top 20 in victories among active Division I head coaches. In 32 years behind the bench, Beilein has compiled 27 winning seasons including 15 20-win campaigns.
In his second season with U-M, Beilein guided the Wolverines to a 21-14 record and steered the Wolverines back into the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 11 seasons, advancing to the second round following a first round win over Clemson. Michigan's 21 victories during the 2008-09 campaign tied a school record for the largest single-season turnaround in program history at 11 games.
Beilein is the only active coach in the collegiate ranks to record a 20-win season at four different levels---junior college, NAIA, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division I. In addition, he is one of seven coaches to take four different schools to the NCAA Tournament---Canisius (1996), Richmond (1998), West Virginia (2005, 2006) and Michigan (2009). However, with Beilein's 1988 Division II NCAA Tournament appearance with LeMoyne, he has taken five different teams to the NCAA postseason.
During his coaching career, Beilein has only served as a head coach, with stints at West Virginia (2002-07), Richmond (1997-2002), Canisius (1992-97), LeMoyne (1983-92), Nazareth College (1982-83) and Erie Community College (1978-82).
Beilein played college basketball at Wheeling College (now Wheeling Jesuit University) from 1971-75 and served as team captain his junior season. He received a bachelor's degree from Wheeling in 1975, majoring in history, and earned a master's degree in education from Niagara in 1981.
Get paid, my man. This probably affects just about nothing in the grand scheme of things, as I'm sure Beilein, barring an (even more) epic collapse of the team over a couple years or NCAA sanctions, was going to stay at Michigan until retirement anyway. He'll be 63 when this contract extension is up.
Despite this season's struggles, I still believe that John is the man for this job. I'm glad to see that the AD office feels the same way.
Link: Contract extension