A day with Michigan’s John Beilein reveals his fire, determination

Dylan Burkhardt

20130221191131_17-UM-BeileinA[1]Bob Wojnowski goes behind the scenes to follow John Beilein for a day:

 “That’s lousy ball-screen defense — LOUSY!” Beilein yelled as he stopped practice. “Can I see some athleticism please, Mitch?! Be an athlete! Don’t be a slow big man! Hit the stairs!”

With that, McGary raced halfway up the Crisler steps, then back down. Simple action, simple consequence. Beilein almost never curses but his presence is profound, arms folded, watching everything.

Spend a day with him and you’ll find he’s exactly as he appears, calm and friendly and enraptured by the nuances of basketball. But one thing should not be misconstrued: His gentlemanly nature does not dim his competitive fire, not one bit.

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  • gobluemd16

    Really awesome article, thanks for linking it

  • Mattski

    Enjoyed that a lot; it helps to confirm my strong respect for the guy. Some fans will be negative when you don’t win every game, but we’ve got the real deal for a basketball coach. Most of the Big Ten does, too, as it happens; someone like John U Bacon who can handle a big canvas should be writing a book about the league.

  • ForeverBlue

    Nothing will make me happier than when John Beilein and his Wolverines hoist the National Championship Trophy. It will be the ultimate confirmation of Beilein’s values and brains.

  • A2JD

    This is great.
    I find it hard to believe that some Michigan fans are down on Beilein. He’s a high character guy and a high quality coach.