April 04, 2007

Beilein takes UM job.: The ironic thing here is Beilein once complained that the only thing he didn't like about the WVU job was he worked in a place where the football program overshadowed the basketball program. I wonder what he will find at Big Blue?

posted by FonGu to basketball at 04:58 AM - 10 comments

This is a huge coup for Michigan. Beilein is a tremendous coach. Don't get too comfortable, Buckeyes!

posted by Venicemenace at 07:09 AM on April 04, 2007

I agree, Venice. Beilein has always been someone who can get the most out of his players' talent. He's from western New York, and I had a chance to get to know him when, as a kid I worked for a local junior college who played against Beilein's Erie Community College team. It's too bad I'll have to drop some of my usual UM hate because he's at the helm. This is a guy who will really make his mark in the Big Ten.

posted by dyams at 07:58 AM on April 04, 2007

To me the football should always overshadow the basketball - football is our national game in the same way soccer's England's national game. Basketball is an indoor non-contact joke, and in the words of a friend of mine, "raise the basket two feet, and I'll consider watching it". Any sport in which five seconds can be drawn out to last ten minutes is simply not cricket, as they say. I love to rant on about sports, of any kind, in case you haven't noticed. I found a great website while surfing the other day, and on it you can sign on and create your own blog, in a couple of really easy steps. The site's url is:www.freesportsblog.com, Myself and a couple of buddies have got into a great blogging mode through this site, which also offers a music and theater build-you-own-blog, too. But back to basketball, I think the "golden era" is finished now, Jordan and Rodman and O' Neal, and God forbid! magic Johnson....all our bigtime heroes are dead and gone, man.

posted by Mothman at 09:05 AM on April 04, 2007

Mothman, welcome to Sportsfilter; please read our guidelines as soon as you can. If you don't enjoy watching basketball, then kindly refrain from posting in basketball-related threads. Please do not spam Sportsfilter with ads for other sites, that's not considered kosher around here. I would respond to your points in more detail, but I'm not entirely convinced you are here for any purpose other than advertising your for-profit blog venture. In brief, however, I basically disagree with everything you wrote.

posted by Venicemenace at 11:33 AM on April 04, 2007

Venice, I seriously considered responding to Mothman, but then realized that I would not have been very nice, and decided to keep my mouth shut. Thanks for a tactful response.

posted by hawkguy at 01:19 PM on April 04, 2007

I hope you all are correct about Beilein. He certainly has the track record. I so wanted Amaker to succeed,and he did in that he turned around a moribund program. Unfortunately he couldn't take the team to the next level. I don't know about the Buckeyes being concerned just yet,but us Wolverines are so ready to get back into the Big Dance instead of the NIT.

posted by sickleguy at 05:35 PM on April 04, 2007

Maybe they should bring back Steve Fisher. BuckeyeNation is not concerned as Oden is staying to play beside the 7' 2" frosh that is gonna be here next year. Besides, UM should be replacing Lloyd Carr.

posted by buckeyeman1218 at 10:25 AM on April 05, 2007

I'm telling you, Coach Beilein is really, really good. Good luck with Oden buckeyeman; personally I hope your guys stay in school and my Georgetown boys stay in as well, we can add our recruits and hopefully have an epic rematch next season. But I don't think either of us should hold our breath.

posted by Venicemenace at 12:39 PM on April 05, 2007

BuckeyeNation is not concerned as Oden is staying A yerfatma prediction?

posted by The_Black_Hand at 03:16 PM on April 05, 2007

Any coach at that level knows the game and most are reasonably effective teachers. Fewer have the knack for knowing which elite high schoolers have peaked and which will continue to develop. Fewer still are adept at motivating and instilling confidence. That last piece was the one missing for Tommy. He got some great talent to Ann Arbor, and they proved that they could play with anybody...for awhile. Unfortunately, against top flight opponents, they had a tendency to wilt when the heat was turned up. The other team would start to make a run, and instead of manning up and playing with attitude, you could see the Wolverines start to sag. It was one "Here we go again" moment after another, and Amacher didn't have any answers. I didn't see a lot of WVU b-ball, but from everything I've read and heard, Coach Beilein doesn't have that weakness. Tommy is a good man, but I don't think he had the ability to get the very best out of some very good players. It will be interesting to see where Coach B. takes them.

posted by ctal1999 at 06:31 PM on April 05, 2007

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