EDIT: Since the visit is off per Sam Webb, which I completely missed, this entire post is irrelevant. Move along. Although, I think Beilein's reputation will certainly not hurt for any players considering Michigan.
Number 1 basketball player R.J. Barrett makes his official visit to Michigan this coming weekend. I don't think I have read a single report anywhere suggesting that he might actually end up at Michigan, even though he has them in his top 5 teams. What I'm curious about is whether the current (and widening) FBI investigation will have any impact on Barrett.
Beilein is well known for being a clean coach, with not a whiff of corruption. Is it possible, in light of a number of teams being charged with payouts to players, that this will help Michigan? There are at least 3 factors I can see:
- Michigan itself, and the coaching, facilities, and future. With Brazdeikis also being from Canada, with Stauskas encouraging Barrett, with Michigan having a good team, it could well be attractive on it's own merits.
- Beilein's reputation. Right now, given the uproar over payouts, could it be attractive to go to a school that has absolutely not a hint of corruptions and shenanigans? To play for a coach who is highly and universally revered?
- Looking at the other teams, you would think that Arizona is toast, given the investigation. Duke and Kentucky, while not currently charged, have always been at least a bit suspicious. Oregon? I dunno. But you might think that a player would want to avoid going to a school that could be drawn into this scandal.
I don't disagree with Brian that the whole enterprise stinks, and that basketball players should be paid in some way. This whole amateur student-athlete thing is a sham and a joke. Coaches, schools, the NCAA, agents, TV networks, are all gorged on the money. And it is because of the playersl who don't get a thing. Maybe the system will change. But right now, in the middle of everything that's going down, it certainly won't hurt Michigan.
Addendum: Man, am I glad that the events surrounding some of the Fab 5 and others are far in the rear view mirror. Glad to be well past that debacle.