For something different...
I have been impressed with the way that Beilein has developed Darius Morris and Matt Vogrich. Before the season started, I posted that I thought those two would end up being busts and didn't deserve their recruiting rankings. Raoul called me out on that and he seems to have been right.
The change in Morris is pretty obvious. He's gone from a guy who was essentially phased out of the rotation last year to the unquestioned go to guy on the team. I didn't see that coming at all.
Vogrich is a little more subtle, but to me is an even more impressive accomplishment for Beilein. Last year, Vogrich looked completely outmatched physically. His stat line is not overwhelming, but he has become a solid contributor in 10-15 minutes a game and is no longer a massive defensive liability.
After Amaker's tenure, I got used to seeing what a player did in his freshman year and just accepting that it was what we had for four years. The improvement of Morris and Vogrich from year one to year two, coupled with the fact that Novak and Douglass are solid Big Ten players given their recruiting profile has me excited about the future. Anyway, when someone asks why Beilein isn't on the hot seat, I think "player development" has to be one of the first answers.