I came across this today while looking through twitter. Just one more reason to love Coach B.
Navy pilot Natesh Rao met Beilein in 2010 when he took his team to Europe, and they've kept in touch with occassional emails.
"He always writes back, which is one of the ways you know he's genuinely apprecative," Rao said. "It's not just lip service."
And when Rao went to a Michigan practice last year, Beilein put him to work, asking him to teach his players how to stand at attention so that they would be ready to do it before each game.
"Before every season, we talk about how we're going to conduct ourselves during the national anthem," Beilein said. "To me, that's not a little thing. That's a big thing.
"I always remind the guys that when the national anthem is playing, just remember there's people freezing their tail off on a hill in Afghanistan while you're getting ready to play a game."
Cool article from Andy Katz on Beilein and his obsessive methods to coaching:
I love that we're back on the national scene again...can't wait for this season.