NFL players and their ongoing relationships (or lack thereof) with their former college coaches have been in the news quite a bit lately - Meyer/Hernandez, Meyer/Tebow, and just recently Harbaugh/Sherman.
The summary if you don't feel like clicking on the link is Sherman, who was coached at Stanford by Harbaugh, has zero contact with his ex-coach.
"I don't have a relationship with him," Sherman said in an interview with the "Total Access" program. "I don't try to go any route with him. I don't deal with him; he is not my coach. So I deal with what is going on in Seattle and I keep it there."
This situation obviously is unique, as Harbaugh's moved to the NFL to coach the 49ers and Sherman's Seahawks are likely the 9ers biggest rival.
But this (and seeing Beilein with Burke and Hardaway at the NBA draft) got me thinking - do we as a fanbase have any expectation for how our coaches continue relationships with former players? Do we expect them to remain close and continue to be mentors/advisors to the players who move on to the NFL (and even to the guys who no longer proceed with football)? Trey and THJ aren't far removed, but you get the feeling Coach B will be a lifelong influence in their lives. You kind of get the same impression with Big Will and Coaches Hoke/Mattison - that they'll continue to be involved in BWCs life/career. Would you be dissapointed in Brady Hoke if he dissasociated with a guy who got in trouble after leaving the program?
To me, that continuing relationship with professors/coaches/classmates is a big part of the Michigan difference. Curious if the rest of the MGoCommunity feels the same way or if you couldn't care less about those relationships once a student athlete graduates.