Yes, I know football season is just around the corner. However, I couldn't help thinking about this as I looked at the box scores from our basketball trip to Europe. We're not going to be that good at basketball...again.
I like Beilein, I really do, but it's pretty apparent that we're not going to make the tournament again and that, unless some freshmen step up big, we're looking at being in the basement of the Big Ten. For the 4th time in 4 years we're probably going to finish 7th or worse in the Big Ten. If Brandon cans JB, am I the only one to see the similarity between Brian Gregory and Bo Schembechler?
Like Bo, Gregory was one of the trusted assistants at our biggest rival. If something happened to Woody while Bo was at Miami, there's no doubt that Bo would have been the guy to replace him. The same goes with Gregory, during the Izzo-to-the-Cavs-or-maybe-not period a few months ago Gregory was the only guy really mentioned that could step in at MSU.
However, just like Woody was never leaving OSU, it's clear that Izzo is going to be staying at MSU for a long time. Gregory understands the MSU-UM rivalry just like Bo understood the OSU-UM one. He's connected to the Midwest, just like Bo, and is in a stepping stone job, just like Bo. I'm proposing that if the season goes the way it looks like it's going to go, that we start a new Ten Year War, only this time it's on the hardwood.
Edit: I understand the European teams we're playing are A. professionals and B. good at basketball. As I mentioned, the box scores got me thinking about basketball a week before football season. It's not why I think he might be gone.