Interesting thought I had today. We are spoiled with great coaches in football and have an obvious choice of two in terms of who the best football coach was. Either Yost or Bo I would think most people would say. Hockey, Baseball, Softball are all no-contests.
But what about basketball? Michigan really hasn't had an elite coach that was the face of the program.
The winningest is Johnny Orr. But he ditched the program. Same with Frieder. My vote would probably be Dave Strack. He had B1G titles, Final Fours, Cazzie Russell & Bill Buntin.
Steve Fisher if you think about it wasn't that great of a coach. A great recruiter but really underachieved most of his career (save the Fab Five years). No B1G titles, no national championships that he can say were 100% his.
1989-90, 1994-95, 1995-96 all ended in disaster in the tourney. 1990-91 and 1996-97 were debacles from the start. 1997-98 I consider his team just like 1988-89 I consider Frieder's.
Great NCAA Tournament run in 1989, but other than that.....meh. The Fab Five were awesome but again, the most they ever won was a couple of regional titles.
What say you? I think this is a really good question and tough one at the same time.