that is nice bonus change
Here is a cool tool you can compare every stat of every player in Michigan Basketball history. Should make short work of deciding arguments over who deserves to be in the MGoHOF.
I have it set to compare Lester Abram with Bernard Robinson Jr... As I believe firmly that BRJ (can I do that? screw it. I already typed it, it's staying) deserves to be in the MGoHOF.
The chart at the bottom could be a cool feature but I cant figure out how to change 1 of the 2 player's colors to something other than blue.
ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM
ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM
Cody Zeller, Indiana
Trey Burke, Michigan
William Buford, OSU
DeShaun Thomas, OSU (coaches) Matt Gatens, Iowa (media)
Tim Frazier (coaches), Jordan Taylor (media)
ALL-BIG TEN THIRD TEAM
Keith Appling, MSU
Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan
Drew Crawford, Northwestern
Matt Gatens (coaches), DeShaun Thomas (media)
Brandon Paul, Illinois (coaches), Aaron Craft, OSU (media)
CO-FRESHMEN OF THE YEAR: Trey Burke (media), Cody Zeller (coaches)
ALL-BIG TEN FRESHMAN TEAM
Branden Dawson, MSU
Aaron White, Iowa
Dave Sobolewski, Northwestern
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Aaron Craft
ALL DEFENSIVE TEAM
Victor Oladipo, Indiana
Josh Gasser, Wisconsin
SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR: D.J. Byrd, Purdue
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Draymond Green, MSU
COACH OF THE YEAR: Tom Izzo, MSU
I thought of putting this in one of the main page threads, but it didn't really fit anywhere.
There is something I read somewhere in the basketball coverage yesterday that bugged me a bit. Apparently, Beilein will get no bonus for winning a Big 10 Championship. There are apparently compensation bumps for thresholds met in the NCAA tournament, but not the Big 10. While I don't think the word "outrage," is correct, this doesn't seem right. It seems to me that Beilein should be rewarded, apart from how far the team goes in the post season.
I'd love for someone more knowledgable about salary compensation and contracts, especially in the coaching world, to comment. Is there any financial way that Michigan can do something? How can Beilein be rewarded for this achievement? Who makes this decision? What role does Brandon play? The Board of Regents? Do they tear up the current contract? Do the regents or the Athletic Administration award a bonus for the championship anyway, even though it isn't written in?
There are so many who should receive credit for this season: Novak. Douglass. Burke. THJ. Morgan. Smotrycz. Bill Martin for the facilities. Dave Brandon for follow through. The assistant coaches. But the key player is Beilein. With patience, calmness, and competence, he recruited, coached, encouraged, schemed, planned, and led, to get Michigan basketball to this point. I think it only fair for Beilein to receive financial recognition from the University of Michigan for what he has done.
I don't mean for this post to take away from what a great job coach Beilein has done in rebuilding our program. He's taken us to a place in basketball that I can barely remember as a kid, but I've been thinking about this for awhile and I understand that they are only tangently connected, but it seems like Hoke changed everything.
Football is the heart and soul of our athletic program. When Hoke was hired, Michigan basketball was on a brutal game losing streak and was 1-5 in Big Ten play. When Hoke declared "This is Michigan, for God's sake" he seemed to give everyone, not just the football team, a boost of swagger. We went on to get to 9-9 and won a game in the tournament.
This year I've noticed that football and basketball seemed to be connected. Mitch McGary is spotted going nuts during the Western Michigan football game. Tim Hardaway is seen rushing the field after OSU. Denard and company are regulars in the Maize Rage. Beilein calls OSU "Ohio." I even think I remember an interview where one of the basketball guys kept saying "This is Michigan."
Does anyone else have that feeling?