June 26th, 2014 at 2:37 PM ^

Giving our MBB assistants raises for being awesome = a better use of athletic dept. monies than better wifi so people can instagram selfies during our Super Bowl against Utah State.


June 26th, 2014 at 2:41 PM ^

I am going to say something I don't say often.  Congratulations to David Brandon for doing something right.

Most of all, though, congratulations to Alexander, Jordan and Meyer for well-deserved extensions and raises.

Avon Barksdale

June 26th, 2014 at 2:54 PM ^

I could turn this around on you and say he got the money to do this by charging $70/ticket vs App State instead of the $50/ticket that everyone wants to pay, but I won't do that.


June 26th, 2014 at 5:03 PM ^

He was a finalist for the job at Butler last August...

I don't think this raise would prevent a young riser like Bacari or Jordan from taking a head coaching position elsewhere, but it should be enough to keep them from making any lateral moves.

I like the thought of Bacari or Jordan succeeding Beilien.


June 26th, 2014 at 2:45 PM ^

This is excellent news, of course, and indeed the rewards are well-deserved for a staff that has been essential in getting Michigan basketball back into a position where it is send players to the NBA regularly and bringing in excellent talent behind them, all the while competing at the highest of levels in Division I. Congratulations to them and many thanks for their continued hard work. As someone mentioned, the stability definitely doesn't hurt either. 

Mr Miggle

June 26th, 2014 at 2:53 PM ^

Beilein and Michigan are doing well to keep his staff together. I was afraid at least one of them would have left for a HC job by now.   


June 26th, 2014 at 3:08 PM ^

in place that would indicate succession planning. I'm not anxious to see Beilein go of course but I do think the seeming lack of interest from other schools for the assistants is because it's known what the long term plans are.


June 26th, 2014 at 5:01 PM ^

from a interview that Rosenberg did for Sports Illustrated in March, 2014. The link is to the article and I include it only to prove the source.


Jordan is so admired within the program that Alexander, another rising coach, endorses him to be the next head coach at Michigan.

"In my mind, I think he would be a great progression, when and if the time comes, when coach Beilein decides to transition on," Alexander says.

Alexander is 37, and he set a goal for himself to be a head coach by age 40. But he looks at Jordan and thinks of the Michigan football team's defensive coordinator. Says Alexander: "I would be more than willing to be (Jordan's) Greg Mattison. We want to continue to work together. I just think the world of him."



June 26th, 2014 at 3:35 PM ^

Sometimes when you win, you really lose, and sometimes when you lose, you really win, and sometimes when you win or lose, you actually tie, and sometimes when you tie, you actually win or lose. Winning or losing is all one organic mechanism, from which one extracts what one needs.


June 26th, 2014 at 3:01 PM ^

Surprised we didn't hear much about other schools pursuing the Michigan assistant coaches for head coaching jobs.  Have we escaped for another year with this staff intact?


June 26th, 2014 at 3:07 PM ^

At this point, I'd say we're safe for another season.  The NBA didn't steal any NCAA coaches and there really weren't any high profile NCAA firings this year to trickle down to mid majors having to do coaching searches.

It's only a matter of time though.  I think the secret is out how good our assistants are. 


June 26th, 2014 at 3:06 PM ^

for this program later tonight, when three Wolverines could be drafted into the first round of the NBA. Few schools can boast of this achievement, and so the rewards of coaching development are well-deserved and rewarded.

Even with the early-entry losses impacting this team, you get the feeling here and elsewhere across the Michigan blogosphere that this program is ascending beyond what few imagined a few short years ago, and that this success threatens to overtake, dare I say it, fan base feeling for the football team.

And there is no question that Coach Beilein has made this happen with a very capable staff which is now being properly recognized for its effort.


June 26th, 2014 at 3:07 PM ^

I'm not going to get too excited about the possibility of this staff sticking around until Beilein's ready to retire, and then someone, probably Jordan replacing him. Too much could happen over the next few seasons to count on it, but damn if this isn't a step in the right direction.


June 26th, 2014 at 4:35 PM ^

I think we have a great staff but would actually like to see some of them getting head coaching gigs. I was really pulling for jordan to get the Butler job last year.

Marley Nowell

June 26th, 2014 at 5:56 PM ^

I believe it was Coach Alexander who said he'd be willing to stick around and be the top assitant coach, forgoing any headcoaching opportunities, if and when Coach Jordan takes the top spot.  Hopefully that doesn't have to be discussed for a great while.


June 26th, 2014 at 7:18 PM ^

Well deserved raises for all of them. I think there's more to this team than just Beilein as it's really taken off since the staff was gutted. Keep them around forever!

rob f

June 26th, 2014 at 10:53 PM ^

especially when you look at these assistants as the "teachers" they are.  All of them have done a great job of helping Professor Beilein get the maximum effort, production, grades, and results from the students that keep graduating early to their chosen profession!