Trey Burke -- New Beginning

Trey Burke -- New Beginning

Submitted by PeteM on May 21st, 2018 at 9:42 PM

While I'm sure that there are many examples I've forgotten, to me at least, the pro athlete redemption story isn't that common. That said, they do happen.  I was at the final four in Atlanta (clean block), and also was happy to hear about Trey dropping 42 on the Hornets this last season. I enjoyed this story on his road in Ann Arbor and since leaving Michigan and hope that his recent success continues:…

2019 4* Romeo Weems includes Michigan in his Top 5

2019 4* Romeo Weems includes Michigan in his Top 5

Submitted by njvictor on May 19th, 2018 at 5:21 PM

Michigan makes the Top 5 for 4* SF-PF Romeo Weems of New Haven, MI. MSU holds 100% of Weem's crystal balls right now, which isn't super scary given our current position with Jalen Wilson and DJ Carton, but definitely wouldn't be mad if he ended up picking Michigan. Weems is the composite #37 player, and 247's #51 player and will be announcing his decision on Tuesday, May 22nd

Great Article on Belein's Next Contract($$)

Great Article on Belein's Next Contract($$)

Submitted by Cali's Goin' Blue on May 16th, 2018 at 6:31 PM

Just read a great article on The Athletic($) by Brendan Quinn about Belein's upcoming contract extension. Some interesting tidbits for those who don't have a subscription: LINK

Belein doesn't have an agent. He negotiates his own contract which is pretty impressive that he gets paid the 2nd most of any B1G coach before incentives are thrown in. Contracts for B1G coaches: 

Tom Izzo, Michigan State: $4.4 million, signed thru 2023-24  (@)
John Beilein, Michigan: $3.37 million, signed thru 2020-21
Archie Miller, Indiana: $3.35 million, signed thru 2023-24
Chris Collins, Northwestern: $3 million, signed thru 2024-25 (*)
Chris Holtmann, Ohio State: $3 million, signed thru 2024-25
Brad Underwood, Illinois: $3 million, signed thru 2022-23 (%)
Mark Turgeon, Maryland: $2.72 million, signed thru 2022-23 ($)
Matt Painter, Purdue: $2.5 million, signed thru 2021-22 (@)
Tim Miles, Nebraska: $2.4 million, signed thru 2020-21
Greg Gard, Wisconsin: $2.25 million, signed thru 2022-23 (#)
Fran McCaffery, Iowa: $2.2 million through 2023-24
Steve Pikiell, Rutgers: $1.7 million, signed thru 2023-24 (**)
Richard Pitino, Minnesota: $1.7 million, signed thru 2021-22 (^)
Patrick Chambers, Penn State: N/A (&)

Sorry don't know how to make the font smaller. (ED: Mgoblog is the best and did it automatically for me)

Belein's assistants(Saddi Washington, Yaklich, and Deandre Haynes) combined to make significantly less than Holtmann's (OSU) and Miller's (Indiana) assistants make. This could be part of Belein contract extension where he wants them to raise the Assistant coach salaries to be competetive with the best of the B1G. 

The idea seems to be that the best restructure would be one that adds one year to his current 3 years left on his deal and that would be a "rolling extension". Which, from my understanding, would be a contract with an option for Belein to pick up the fourth year, every year, for the forseeable future so that he can promise to recruits he will be there all four years and to back up Manuel's statements that he wants Belein to retire at UM. Seems like a great idea to me intellectually. 

And finally a quote to maybe get you damn cheapskapes to get a TheAthletic subscription, the best subscription I have ever bought as a fan of multiple teams from all over the US(I was a military brat and was able to pick my favorite teams from each city we moved to). 

Having turned 65 in February, Beilein is the seventh-eldest active coach in high-major college basketball. Those ahead of him are Jim Boeheim (73), Mike Krzyzewski (71), Leonard Hamilton (69), Jim Larranaga (68), Roy Williams (67) and Lon Kruger (65). In Beilein’s case, he’s both healthy and active. Age is not limiting his coaching tenure. On the court, he is, if anything, at the peak of his career — having averaged 26.6 wins over the last six years with two trips to the national title game. Off the floor, recruiting is on the uptick. A nationally regarded five-man class is on the way. Personally, those around Beilein continually say he’s struck a better work-life balance in recent years and has been reinvigorated since U-M’s run to the 2017 Sweet 16, a triumph that included a near tragedy when Michigan’s charter plane to the Big Ten Tournament skidded off the runway and wrecked.



MBB to face Norfolk State, Holy Cross and George Washington in 2018-19

MBB to face Norfolk State, Holy Cross and George Washington in 2018-19

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on May 15th, 2018 at 8:31 PM

Michigan will play in the Hall of Fame Tipoff in their early season tournament. 

The main tournament will be Michigan, George Washington, Providence and South Carolina, squaring off at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT.

However, there will be on-campus tournament games as there with other tournaments that include bodybag games.

Michigan will host Norfolk State on Monday, November 6 as well as Holy Cross on Saturday, November 10. 

After a trip to play Villanova in the Gavitt Games which was announced yesterday, the tournament will resume with the actual bracket beginning. 

Michigan will face George Washington in the semifinals at Mohegan Sun on Saturday November 17 and will play either South Carolina or Providence the next day on November 18.…


Title game rematch at Villanova in the Gavitt Games (B10/BE)

Title game rematch at Villanova in the Gavitt Games (B10/BE)

Submitted by redwings8831 on May 14th, 2018 at 10:35 PM

Villanova will host Michigan in the 2018 Gavitt Games, per a source.

— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 15, 2018

Other matchups:

St. John's @ Rutgers
Wisconsin @ Xavier
Seton Hall @ Nebraska
Penn State @ DePaul
Ohio State @ Creighton
Marquette @ Indiana
Georgetown @ Illinois

OT: Big10 (mostly michigan) "The Basketball Tournament" team

OT: Big10 (mostly michigan) "The Basketball Tournament" team

Submitted by wardcrazy01894 on May 14th, 2018 at 11:14 AM

For those who don't know, "The Basketball Tournament" is a tournament where former NBA and NCAA basketball players compete for $2,000,000. It's a really cool way to see your former favorite NCAA players or old NBA players or random overseas players. (more info on the tournament here

Anyways, the Big10 made a pretty formidable team for the tournament of former big 10 players featuring primarily michigan men. I now definitely have a team to root for! Check out their roster here (I wonder if they will also be undefeated with Duncan scoring more than 6)


The fan side of the tournament: 

Part of the tournament is fan involvement. So the teams with the top fan support can get some special treatment, but more importantly for us, the fans get 10% of the $2,000,000. So the top 201 fans of the winning team split $200,000!!! So register as a fan of this team to help them out and hopefully win some cash yourself

Shameless plug alert: also, if you sign up as a "fan" of this team please use my referral code

Skechers Sues Adidas for Unfair Business Practices

Skechers Sues Adidas for Unfair Business Practices

Submitted by LongLiveBo on May 11th, 2018 at 6:10 PM

I must say that I had a good laugh over this.  


"Skechers' lawsuit claims that Adidas' alleged misbehavior has irreparably harmed its footing in the basketball marketplace."…