Hoops Assistant Jerry Dunn to Take a Leave of Absence

Submitted by Tim on December 29th, 2009 at 4:44 PM

More happy fun news for the basketball program today! Press release:

Associate Head Coach Dunn to Take Indefinite Leave of Absence

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's basketball coach John Beilein announced today (Tuesday, Dec. 29) Associate Head Coach Jerry Dunn will take an indefinite leave of absence from the

Wolverine program due to personal family matters.

"Presently, I have family matters that need my immediate attention," said Dunn. "Coach Beilein and the University have been gracious enough to allow me the time needed to do so."

"I fully support Jerry as he continues to focus on his family at this time," said Beilein. "We will be there and ready to assist as needed now and when he is ready to return."

Administrative Specialist Jeff Meyer will assume Dunn's duties during his absence from the program.


No word on what the "family matters" are, and I think it's probably best that we don't worry about speculating here. Best wishes to Coach Dunn, and hopefully he can get his family issues squared away ASAP and get back on the hardwood. In tandem with the bad news on Cronin earlier today, it's been a rough stretch for men's basketball.

Hopefully, a couple wins to start the Big Ten season will make us forget about any distractions, and the team can go on a run in the conference. A win against Indiana would go a long way towards restoring good vibes around the program.



December 30th, 2009 at 9:53 AM ^

But if we win the B10 tourney do we get an automatic bid to the dance? If this is true then I am not sure how we can be written off completely...

I realize if this true then ANYBODY has SOME chance to make the dance till the end..but we did hang pretty tough with Kansas so there might still be hope.


January 1st, 2010 at 2:55 PM ^

I assume this is true in every conference... otherwise those tourneys have no meaning.

Just once, I think, has a B10 team gotten the autobid when it might not have made the tournament otherwise. Iowa won the BTT as a #6 seed in 2001 - I think they were 18-12 going into the tournament. Probably making the finals would have been enough for the Hawkeyes to make the Dance, though.

There have been a couple of times that a losing team almost got the autobid the B10. #11 seed Illinois made the final game in 1999. In 2002 #9 seed Iowa also made the finals. Elsewhere, I think Arkansas did this in the SEC a couple of years back.

So, possible but improbable. Frankly I'm a fuddy, and don't like conference tourneys - I'd rather Big Ten teams played a full regular season slate of home-aways.