at least it's not just us?
From a Mike Rothstein article in annarbor.com:
When Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo was forced to sit out Sunday’s game against Prairie View A&M due to a one-game suspension stemming from a secondary NCAA violation, Michigan coach John Beilein took notice.
The head of the NCAA’s ethics committee, he didn’t seem surprised that a coach, any coach, got caught in the ever-changing NCAA rulebook.
Izzo was suspended because one of the counselors at a basketball camp this year was associated with a potential prospect. In years past, that was not an NCAA violation, but the rule changed earlier this year and is a point of focus with the NCAA.
“I’m sure it was an inadvertent error, and that’s going to happen,” Beilein said. “There’s things changing with the NCAA so often, and in a good way but someone is going to get caught in those things, because the changes happen so quickly sometimes and what was a normal thing changes.
“I’m sure that is what happened up there.”
This is unsurprising to me. Beilein is a good guy; and he has something of a professional interest in the Izzo case, by virtue of his official position with an NCAA basketball ethics committee.
Can anyone imagine Izzo, saying the same about Beilein, if the positions were reversed? I can, sort of. Izzo's not a bad guy; I wouldn't expect it of Izzo, necessarily, and more than anything I'd a expect that somebody as smart and as competitive as Tom Izzo might just elect to say, "No comment." But I wouldn't be shocked, if Izzo stood up for his rival.
Then, we might consider the football situation. Who would stand up and be counted, if, for instance, a Michigan head football coach were accused of some silly NCAA minutiae, particularly when it turned out that the NCAA investigation followed a really screwed-up and false account in the press? Would anybody do that? Stand up for a rival coach?
Well, we actually sort of have an answer to that. There were two mildly "stand-up" guys. Jim Tressel, and Tim Brewster. NOT Mark Dantonio.
Naturally, the larger spin here seems to be: See? Even Michigan's coach agrees that Izzo's okay, and we can all have a good laugh about the Izzo suspension... MSU basketball wasn't "cheating." Michigan football, on the other hand, was "cheating."
I know he was rated much lower in the past few weeks but it's nice to see this kid really mature and be that floor leader we have been lacking.
This is what was written under his rating:
"He averages 7.1 assists and is shooting nearly 55 percent"
BTPowerhouse is a joint effort between SBNation and CBS College Sports, and began posting today. In their inaugural post, they predict Michigan 8th in the Big Ten by season's end with an NIT bid. That's the king of the Lower Tier, baby.
Someone needs to update their stock photo gallery. This is the picture that greets you on the Yahoo! NCAABB page
Interesting choice of player to include, but I'm sure they were just looking for a good expression from Beilein. Anyway, full story link here.
Just posted at UMHoops.com, but since many of you don't visit that site, check out this virtual tour of the Basketball Player Development Center. Yes, the PDC will be quite the boon to the MBB and WBB programs.
The facility... will provide approximately 57,000 gross square feet, including two basketball practice courts, team locker rooms for players and coaches, athletic medicine and hydrotherapy.
The second floor will accommodate men's and women's coaching staff and administrative support functions, as well as film-viewing rooms and strength and conditioning space.
The proposed design calls for a new entrance to Crisler Arena for players and coaches at the playing floor level and a new, dramatic Hall of Fame in the entry lobby.
The women's hoops team is only 6-5. Lost to a few ranked teams, but recently blown out by Detroit (!). The turnaround to 21-10 last year doesn't seem to be taking root, absent some kind of massive turnaround in the B10 season that is utterly unlikely to happen. Meanwhile, our coach's former team, UW-Green Bay, is ranked (!). That's two coaches in a row who had great success at small schools, only to come here and be unable to sustain it (or, in the previous coach's tenure, even come close to duplicating it).
Does anyone follow this stuff -- what is the hex on this program? I had a diary topic on this a couple weeks ago, the age of Crisler clearly is having a continued impact in chasing away any recruit that halfways cares about the arena in which he (here, she) is gonna play. But that can't explain it all, can it? B-line's got a competitive team, to say the least. Why does it seem UM cant have a half-way decent women's hoops team for a few seasons in a row.