With our dynamic football coach and team on the rise, it's hard to find time to put a few words together about Michigan Basketball. Well, they suffered another set back on Saturday night as they lost to Iowa by 10 points at home. They are now probably headed for the NIT unless they make a strong run in the BIG 10 Tournament.
What makes me laugh is that some are considering John Beilein to be on the hot seat. This is crazy talk to me. John Beilein is a fine basketball coach and a even better man. He doesn't pay recruits to come to Michigan and that will always put him at a disadvantage when it comes to recruiting. He is not playing with the same deck of cards that the other coaches are working with.
He has done a fantastic job at Michigan and continues to do so. Yes, this year has been a major disappointment, so has the injuries to his two seniors Spike and Caris. If those guys make it through the year, they are easily an NCAA Team. What concerns me even more is, I'm not seeing the development from some other players on the team. Yes, there is still time but do see a Burke or McGrady on the roster? These next few years could be very challenging but my vote is to weather the storm with John Beilein.
- It seems the practice at IMG on Friday night was a huge success. There were reports of traffic backups 10 miles long and people getting there late due to lack of parking and bad traffic. I hope the team enjoyed their time in Florida and finishes off Spring Practice with a solid offensive line, 3 starting LB's and a starting QB.
- Illinois hasn't really been known to have made too many great decisions when it comes to hiring a football coach. We all remember Ron Zook and the others that followed. Illinois turned the page on bad hires today as Lovie Smith will be their next head coach. Good man and great hire. I'm sure he will need to get used to college ball but this will help recruiting a ton.
- ESPN ranked the top 20 jobs in college football and ranked Michigan #12. Of course, that is too low but we haven't done anything in so long we probably deserve that spot. We will be in the top 5 in the next couple of years!