I thought of putting this in one of the main page threads, but it didn't really fit anywhere.
There is something I read somewhere in the basketball coverage yesterday that bugged me a bit. Apparently, Beilein will get no bonus for winning a Big 10 Championship. There are apparently compensation bumps for thresholds met in the NCAA tournament, but not the Big 10. While I don't think the word "outrage," is correct, this doesn't seem right. It seems to me that Beilein should be rewarded, apart from how far the team goes in the post season.
I'd love for someone more knowledgable about salary compensation and contracts, especially in the coaching world, to comment. Is there any financial way that Michigan can do something? How can Beilein be rewarded for this achievement? Who makes this decision? What role does Brandon play? The Board of Regents? Do they tear up the current contract? Do the regents or the Athletic Administration award a bonus for the championship anyway, even though it isn't written in?
There are so many who should receive credit for this season: Novak. Douglass. Burke. THJ. Morgan. Smotrycz. Bill Martin for the facilities. Dave Brandon for follow through. The assistant coaches. But the key player is Beilein. With patience, calmness, and competence, he recruited, coached, encouraged, schemed, planned, and led, to get Michigan basketball to this point. I think it only fair for Beilein to receive financial recognition from the University of Michigan for what he has done.