''I don't want someone from Arizona State coaching the Michigan team,'' Schembechler said. ''A Michigan man is going to coach Michigan.''
On March 15, 1989, the long lived "Michigan Man" phrase became entrenched into Michigan folklore. 26 years later we sit on the NIT bubble.
The story was covered by The New York Times in an article available on-line. http://www.nytimes.com/1989/03/16/sports/frieder-is-dropped-for-taking-a-new-job.html. It's mostly Frieder's side to the story but that's pretty much what happened.
Chicken jokes aside, and I'm sure WD is going to share some notes on every meeting...but why don't we play ND in basketball every year?
It makes too much sense to be honest.
Is there some history behind it? Why not play one game each year?
While Tommy Amaker couldn't get it done here, he was always a classy guy. I remember him calling his recruits, including Manny Harris, urging them to honor their Michigan commitments after he was fired. Anyway, he is in a one game playoff with Yale today at 4 pm to get into the NCAA tournament, and I'll be cheering him on.
Just avoid any (unlikely I hope) coaching debates -- this isn't meant to be anything otherr than a positive comment on a former coach. I think that John Beilein may be the best coach we've ever had, and hope that he finishes his career here some time far off into the future.
I just want to talk about basketball... A lot of good games on today!
Great way to end the season. This team showed waves of improvement as the season progressed. Always fun to beat up the Illini. Looking forward anyone know our NIT chances?? Who should we rout for in the mid majors? Enjoy