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Beilein Preps
  • Chuck

    I see the Daily Progress hasn’t improved since I was there twenty years ago. They went after Beilein four years ago and balked at the buyout. It’s not going to happen.

  • Yup — I don’t see Beilein going anywhere. In some regards it feels good to know that our coached is wanted by other schools though.

  • UMDC

    What’s wrong with this sentence from the SI article?

    “Only two sixth-seeded teams have ever reached the finals — and one of them was the tainted Fab Five, which lost in the championship round after Chris Weber called his infamous non-timeout.”

  • LoyalBlue15

    First: It would be Chris ‘Webber’, not Weber. Second, the year Michigan played UNC in the 1993 National Championship game (with the Webber time-out), they were not a 6-seed. They were a 1-seed. In 1992, when they played Duke in the National Championship game, they were a 6-seed.

  • UMDC

    Yeah, it says to me that there are only two things that come to mind when people think of the Fab Five, (1) Time out and (2) corruption.

    That makes me sad.

  • AG2

    I think UVa is kidding themselves about Tubby Smith. I remember once reading about how when the Minnesota football team hired Tim Brewster they intentionally went after a no-name guy so they could dedicate most of their salary to making a run at Tubby Smith. Smith likes Minnesota and I don’t think he’d leave this quickly.

    UVa will probably get Anthony Grant at VCU.

  • Kenny

    While this team is hungry, I wonder if too much expectation now will haunt them in the first round. I like our boys to prepare as a true underdog but not listen to those sleeper talks.

  • Avery Queen

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  • Ken in Vegas

    Why is Beilein playing World of Warcraft? Shouldn’t he be preparing for the game?

    Great article on Novak. It was very clear very early that he is a warrior and will provide an example of intensity when CJ leaves. What a great pick-up. Think what a little more strength and maturity will do for him. We looked at last year’s recruiting class as being relatively weak, but Stu and Novak are going to provide a consistent foundation for the next four years, even if they see their playing time reduced.

    I can’t work with this much anticipation. I keep having visions of the 1-3-1 causing one frustrated Clemson timeout after another. May we rain threes upon the KC hardwood.

  • I can’t wait for the game!!!

  • jmblue

    Remember that the Fab Five were always a bit controversial, especially among the over-40 crowd. Their exuberance, trash-talking and even their shorts bothered a lot of older fans/sportswriters. I think a lot of them have channeled that old distaste for them into righteous indignation over the Ed Martin scandal. (The fact that basically every college basketball team went on to copy the Fabs’ style is, of course, left unmentioned.)

  • Tom Too

    I really think this is Beilein’s last stop. If, IF, he were to even consider leaving UM, it would be for Syracuse or Kentucky. Syracuse has already named Mike Hopkins as Boeheim’s successor and Kentucky might be a stretch with the pressure and all. I just think he wants to coach somewhere for more than his usual five years and build a National Championship Program.

  • WHATAP

    Couldnt agree more Tom Too. JB is here to stay. And yes the anticipation is killing me! Lets go out and shock K.C., and the rest of the nation.

  • JimC

    53 hours until tip, for those of you counting down.

  • James

    LOL @ that UVa article. That guy must be the Terry Foster of Charlottesville with all his “sources” giving him ridiculous info.

  • James

    Tom Too: I think UK would be looking for a bigger fish than Beilein anyway.

  • Chuck

    We called the paper “The Daily Regress” for a reason….

  • James

    My sources tell me that if Tubby doesn’t work out Ben Howland and Bill Self are both dying to coach at UVa. Thad Matta’s shown interest as well, but he might just come on as an assistant to boost recruiting.

    I could go on for hours, but I’ll spare you guys.

  • JimC

    So Ken in Vegas, what is the over/under on Grady’s minutes in this game…
    This is going to get a lot of action in the next few days, at least in this forum.

    Open at 1 minute?

    Do you have free winners on that?

  • ypsituckyboy

    I’ll put Grady at 6 minutes…the press will cause more fatigue than usual and so we’ll need to work the subs more

  • Tom Too

    Ben Howland would leave UCLA? Wow! I doubt if Bill Self would leave KU….he passed on HUGE money to coach at his Alma Mater, Oklahoma State, this summer. I would never say never, though…

  • Tom Too
  • James

    Tom Too: I’m just kidding around. I suppose it never hurts to ping a bunch of high profile coaches to see if anyone’s ready to bolt, but UVa is in about as bad of shape as Michigan was when Beilein took over, except I don’t think they could be categorized as a sleeping giant like Michigan was (and really still is). They’ll likely end up with an up and coming mid major coach or a small major coach like Tony Bennett or Bill Carmody (both would be fine hires IMO).

    The only way they land a Tubby, Capel or Jay Wright is if those coaches are either seriously disgruntled, have strong ties to UVa or UVa offers a gigantic pay raise. Otherwise, they’ll stay put or wait for an opening at a stronger program.

  • Tom Too

    Got me…I was gonna say…. I agree.

  • AG2

    UVa isn’t nearly in as bad a position as Michigan was when we fired Amaker. When Amaker was fired, it was becoming clear that failure to let him go was going to affect recruiting. His presence was a symbol that Michigan no longer cared about basketball. Virginia on the other hand just landed Sylvan Landesburg, a McDonald’s All American and ACC Freshman of the year. They have a brand spanking new building in John Paul Jones Arena while we have Crisler and no practice facility.

    Oh and at least Leitao took them to the tournament as a 4 seed.

  • bmart05

    Going to the practice session, can’t wait. U of M in my hometown. Haven’t seen them play since I moved away from Ann Arbor.

  • Sid

    Is VA really that high-profile of a job? Maybe back in the Ralph Sampson era, but they haven’t really been consistently relevant since then, have they?

  • Tom Too

    I don’t think it is a high-profile job…

  • Voice of Reason

    Jay Wright is not going anywhere trust me. He’s anchored in at Villanova, created a powerhouse basketball program which is like the UNC (without the titles) of the northeast when it comes to longevity and consistency in winning.

    Beilein’s is a winner, but his style may not be for every school. It maybe more of an acquired taste so to speak. We like it because it takes us to the big dance, but some schools with the traditional ACC style may not be as open to it as we are.

    Tubby maybe their best choice if they can pry him away from Minnesota this early in his contract. He started his college coaching career in the Virginia area. He’s a good coach and I would like to see him out of the BT and somewhere else.

  • James

    Tom Too: I'm just kidding around. I suppose it never hurts to ping a bunch of high profile coaches to see if anyone's ready to bolt, but UVa is in about as bad of shape as Michigan was when Beilein took over, except I don't think they could be categorized as a sleeping giant like Michigan was (and really still is). They'll likely end up with an up and coming mid major coach or a small major coach like Tony Bennett or Bill Carmody (both would be fine hires IMO).

    The only way they land a Tubby, Capel or Jay Wright is if those coaches are either seriously disgruntled, have strong ties to UVa or UVa offers a gigantic pay raise. Otherwise, they'll stay put or wait for an opening at a stronger program.