a terrible blight on our fine country
In a Freep interview (sorry) Spike revealed that he has had a lower body injury that is seriously limiting him in games and practice. Surgery may be necessary, but a decision has been made to wait until the offseason, given the operation's long recovery time.
Wojo has a great article in Detnews on John Belein and spending a day with him.
This season of UM basketball is one of the most exciting seasons I have ever watched and I'm cautiously excited for the future. There is one thing that I have noticed about Coach Belein that I haven't really ever seen in other coaches, and I watch a lot of college basketball.
Our team is young and they make a lot of stupid mistakes including the classic freshmen turnovers and Manny Harris-esque shots. I think last night's 5 second call was the first one I had seen in a year. However, when these mistakes are made, Coach Belein turns to the bench and makes it a teaching moment. I've noticed that he immediately is telling the players how you should hold the ball in that situation, which way to move, etc.
I would think this would be common sense among coaches throughout the NCAA and maybe I'm mistaken but I can't recall seeing this too much in other games I have watched. I'm not saying Belein is the only coach doing this, but it sure explains the improvement we see in his players year after year.
I wanted to get your thoughts on if anyone else had noticed this and what other aspects you think make his coaching that truly improves players. Just a good old basketball discussion.
After seeing a post quoting Belein on how up and down the second year can be, I started to think about how similar our two biggest sports' coaches and teams are based on the early football season. My thoughts:
1) Both coaches have unique, successful offensive systems that change based on the players used
2) Both systems require the players to be smart and understand a variety of different looks, make a variety of decisions
3) Both coaches had dissenters but are completely embraced by the remainder of the team (well..took a bit of time for Manny but)
4) Both teams have one big star (Tate, Manny), and another great player to fall back on (Minor, Peedi)
5) Both teams had big early season wins in their second year (ND, UCLA) that were won due to the opponents inability to defend the offense
6) Both coaches have one hell of a future lined up for their respective programs
As our bball struggled in several games last year, I expect the same of our football team. But, I do believe that the consequences of those struggles are much more manageable over the course of a football game than a basketball game. Also remember how much M's defense improved over the course of the Bball season. I'm assuming that our football defense has to and will improve over the course of the year. But, I really hope it's not exactly the same since we didn't beat OSU in Bball last year!
All in all, As a life-long Michigan fan (23 yrs) I couldn't be more satisfied with the coaches we have in these two programs. I now actually think that one of these years we could potentitally pull a Florida and win NCs in both sports.
What do you guys think, do the coaches/teams have any more similarities? What are some differences?