According to the News, Spike Albrecht is eligible for a redshirt this year, and a 5th year in the 2016 - 2017 season, if he and Beilein mutually desire.
This tidbit is buried well below the lede, which focuses on incoming recruits Xavier Simpson and Austin Davis.
Beilein continues to leave the door slightly cracked for a possible return. Albrecht, who had two hip surgeries this spring, remains on scholarship and could actually get another year of eligibility — because he remains just under the 30-percent threshold of games played this season. "I don't think he plans on that," Beilein said. "That's gonna be up to Spike." There's been no actual discussion yet between the two. If UM were to get Albrecht on the floor for even a second on Senior Day, March 5, against Iowa at Crisler Center, he would burn that extra year of eligibility.
It's an intriguing thought. Don't know what Spike has in mind. But if I felt better after rehab, the team was trending up, Beilein would allow it and there was room, and I had another free year of classes, room and board, etc., it'd be very tempting. Unless Spike has grad school lined up, or a clear job path, this looks like a great opportunity. We'll see.
Only the fourth triple-double in Michigan history. The 3rd under John Beilein.
Too special of an occasion not to do a highlight video for.
Thought this was interesting. Hasn't been posted yet.
Full game is up for those who missed it. Take aways from the game: Walton is back and looks healthy. Donnal is not soo bad he had a nice game probably best of his career. Beilein continues to find and DEVELOP players that nobody else even looks at in Caris Levert and Duncan Robison. Caris scored his 1000th career pt at Michigan and became only 4th player with a triple double in Michigan histroy. 2 of those players have now played for Beilein. Duncan is playing his first season as a D1 player and he is second on the team in pts/game with 12.4!! Enjoy GO BLUE!!
Also posted the delaware state game for those who missed it
This is worth its own thread, I think. Bo Ryan's presser from last night - it's worth 10 minutes of your time.
In it, he describes what many in the other thread have speculated at: He anticipated retiring after last season, but because of his assistant's dad's cancer, he put it off. Ryan and Alvarez decided that thend of the semester would be an apporpriate time to make the change, so this isn't out of nowhere - they just kept a lid on it.
I think we all had our moments of hate with Bo Ryan - I myself tossed a few unsurly words his way as a Maize Rager - but that was a hate born out of respect more than any other fan hate I can think of. We hated that he took a bunch of "less talented" players and made them a better team. And, well, he did look like an alien.
Kudos to a great career - your replacement won't be nearly as fun to hate.