September 26th, 2017 at 6:47 PM ^

It's a good internet joke (accepting all the bribery and hookers, etc.) But I guess all of us have to ask, what would I do if I was offered that opportunity? Would I accept, or just say no? I've never been offered the money, so I wouldn't know about that. As for the other, it isn't my world, for the most part, so I'm ignorant. Still, many of us have a price.

SF Wolverine

September 26th, 2017 at 6:04 PM ^

to see what happens if (and it's a big if) this slows down the money train in college BB, and Beilein actually is able to compete for guys who would previously have been pay to play.

814 East U

September 26th, 2017 at 6:10 PM ^

Mo Bamba will be mentioned by the end of this thing. We all thought it was weird that Bamba had to reach out to Bamba and not vice versa. I wonder why...

Then his brother brings up some possible shady dealings.

JB appreciation indeed.


September 26th, 2017 at 6:11 PM ^

Our most recent class? Maybe the word is out and has been out for awhile now. With a level playing field maybe these will be our classes going forward. It is strange that this is the year we are ranked 5th in recruiting (so far).

Perkis-Size Me

September 26th, 2017 at 10:05 PM ^

We’ll likely go down the list as all the top-10 studs who still haven’t decided make their way to Duke, UNC, Kansas, Kentucky, or UCLA. But considering that Michigan is not a blueblood and does not give run a dirty program that pays recruits and supplies them with hookers and blow, its all the more impressive.

Mr Miggle

September 27th, 2017 at 10:37 AM ^

It's a very good class, but these are all typical Beilein recruits. He wasn't up against UK, UNC, Duke, Kansas, Arizona for any of them. Add Barrett to this class and then I might agree we are profitng from the scandal. Although, I think most people were underestimating our chances with him.

The news seemed to take everyone by surprise. The FBI is good at keeping their investigations under wraps.

Wolverine Blitzkrieg

September 26th, 2017 at 6:15 PM ^

I hope the guys that were calling for Coach B to "get dirty" on the recruiting trail, just so we could level the playing field, now feel like complete idiots.  Fortunately we have a coach with enough integrity to properly represent Michigan, even when it results in a possible talent deficit. 


September 26th, 2017 at 6:19 PM ^

As does Carol Hutchins. Both are true credits to the University, though they may be lower key than other outstanding coaches here. You don't have to be outspoken to be classy. (IIRC, whenever there is a head coach search for any UM sport, one or both of these two are on the search committee.)

Webber's Pimp

September 26th, 2017 at 6:24 PM ^

I've said this before and I'll say it again.

We have the best coach in America. He runs a clean program and He's a winner.

And for those who complain about recruiting, we have the #5 class in the country for 2018.


September 26th, 2017 at 6:29 PM ^

Nobody tell Stringer Bell about this thread!  He'll have his #hottakes about Belein being washed up and how there are 10 or more coaches U of M should hire instead.....

Mike Damone

September 26th, 2017 at 6:36 PM ^

the Michigan hoops program under Beilein and a mouse taking a shower have in common?

They both are squeaky clean.

My daughter told me the mouse one.  JB is such a likeable nerd/grandpa figure, he would probably laugh at that. 

He is a unique asset - not only a great coach, but a truly genuine, good human being and an amazing representative to the University of Michigan.

Everyone Murders

September 26th, 2017 at 7:06 PM ^

As a man, as a coach, as a mentor to Michigan's student athletes, and as an intense competitor.  Great hire and a great face for our basketball program.

It's a shame that college basketball has gotten so dodgy that having a coach as squeaky clean as John Beilein is unusual.  But it's great that we're not all watching the FBI-Adidas story and waiting for the other shoe to drop.  We're just out stocking up on popcorn ... .


September 26th, 2017 at 7:19 PM ^

He showed himself with the way he responded during the plane situation - making sure everyone got off and was okay before his own safety. He is a true man of character and I think we're lucky to have him representing our great university.

Perkis-Size Me

September 26th, 2017 at 9:52 PM ^

Nope. We’re still the runner up, and even if the title was offered it wouldn’t have felt earned.

Louisville was still the better team that night. As much of a dirty slimeball as Rick Pitino is, his team didn’t win because he plugged them all full of PEDs the night before the game. They were just better that night. Not by much, but it was enough.

Perkis-Size Me

September 27th, 2017 at 9:34 AM ^

Definitely agree on that one. That was a clean block and had it not been called, we may have been able to tie the game up. Burke was in full-on heroball mode in the second half and was absolutely on fire. 

But Louisville was still hitting any and every shot it wanted. Burke would've had to keep it going for the rest of the half after that for us to have had any shot. 


September 26th, 2017 at 8:08 PM ^

how good of a coach is he? If the playing field was level, would he be recruiting better? Would there be a few more Elite 8 and Final Four banners in Crisler? Would there be a national title banner or two?

It's hard to say, but this is all BS for one of the finest coaches and finest men in college basketball.