Rosenberg praises Beilein's "virtue" to the skies and supports his contract extension, calling him probably the most respected coach in college basketball. The mostly unspoken, giant flaming elephant in the room of the article is Rodriguez, who Rosenberg was no doubt dying to contrast to Beilein with a sentence like "as compared to Rodruguez, possibly the least respected coach..." His editors restrained him, though he did manage to compare the way the two handled their buyouts from WVA ("Beilein agreed to pay his own, Rodriguez fought a long legal battle"). It read like a Goofus and Gallant article with Goofus (RR) mostly standing just outside the frame.
mesmerism! presidential assassinations! circuses on fire!