"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
Great Austin Hatch story from mgoblue.com: LINK
"He's like a father figure to me," Hatch said of Beilein. "I've lost that, and he's a lot like my father in terms of the quality man he is and how solid he is in character, goals and integrity. He's a family man who genuinely cares about people. So, it's really been a blessing for me to be involved in a program that's led by a man like him."
"Not only is he a father figure to me and all my brothers. And by 'my brothers,' I'm referring to my teammates. He does everything the right way -- he doesn't ever sacrifice honesty or integrity. The man is truly one of a kind." That comment made Hatch think of his own father, a doctor who always made time for him and loved family deeply, and a question he was asked about his father in an ESPN feature that aired Feb. 8.
"Chris Connelly asked me, 'Were you ever angry at your father?' I said, 'Never, never. My father was the man of the millennium.' In terms of how genuinely caring and solid as Coach Beilein is, Coach Beilein's right there with him. I've been very blessed to have such great men in my life."
Is somebody cutting onions in here?EDIT: Austin's name now in the title, because LongLiveBo asked so nicely.
Austin Hatch will receive the United States Basketball Writers Association's Most Courageous Award at their annual luncheon during the Final Four in Indianapolis.
May not be the way he dreamed of reaching the Final Four, but it may mean even more now.
Today must be Autsin Hatch day at ESPN (I''m not opposed to making this a national holiday).
At 6PM on ESPNU, the full version of the SC Featured story on Hatch will be aired. But if you want a Hatch fix right now, I highly suggest you read Dana O'Neil's piece on Hatch.
I love this kid's story and am so proud he represents our university the way he does. A true inspiration to us all.
How is this not already posted yet. Gameday at Michigan.
Inspiring segment on Austin Hatch just a moment ago. Was neat to see J. Will pretty humbled and honored to meet him and sit with him for a few moments. Beilein was great as always!
Harbaugh has to make an appearance in a bit, right?!
Edited to make a better acronym.
Young Austin Hatch scored his first career point tonight. I loved the HUGE oviation he received. +1's all around.