John Beilein's Departure From Michigan Is a Disheartening Sign for a Changed Sport
Si.com - Mon 13 May 23:39 GMT

It's not hard to understand why John Beilein has moved on from the NCAA to the NBA, but it's a telling sign about the state of college basketball.

John Beilein's Departure From Michigan Is a Disheartening Sign for a Changed Sport

  At the Final Four earlier this year, I was chatting with a few people who work in Michigan State’s basketball program when the conversation turned to Michigan.

  One of the MSU staffers asked how John Beilein’s Michigan program compared to Tom Izzo’s at Michigan State.

  Every year, Michigan fans felt like their team had a chance because their coach was so good.

  There are coaches who would chafe at the school’s academic standards or the attention the football program gets, and others who regularly break rules that Beilein would never consider bending.

  With the right roster and patient management, Beilein can be a great NBA coach.