John Beilein removes transfer restrictions for Spike Albrecht, Ricky Doyle

Dylan Burkhardt
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After a week full of headlines and controversy, John Beilein has removed all transfer restrictions for Spike Albrecht and Ricky Doyle.

“After initially granting a transfer release for Ricky (Doyle) and a fifth-year graduate transfer for Spike (Albrecht) consistent with the established norms regarding intraconference transfers, I am now removing all restrictions regarding their recruitment by other universities,” Beilein said in a statement released on Friday afternoon.

The transfer restrictions came under fire over the last 48 hours after Yahoo!’s Pat Forde penned a column calling the restrictions the ‘height of hypocrisy’ and others, such as ESPN’s Mike Greenberg piled on.

“While I have concerns about the current transfer policies as well as potential effects to the landscape of collegiate athletics,” Beilein continued. “W e should do what is right for Ricky and Spike as they decide to further their education and basketball careers elsewhere.

“Ricky is an exemplary young man and has done everything we’ve asked of him. I applaud Spike on his upcoming graduation from Michigan and for continuing his diligent work to rehab his injuries. We do more than wish them well; we will assist and support them in the decision-making process.”

Beilein added that Spike Albrecht will have to be granted approval from the Big Ten if he wishes to transfer to another Big Ten school, but he will have immediate eligibility. Doyle will lose a year of eligibility if he opts to transfer to another Big Ten school as mandated by Big Ten transfer rules.

  • Chillax

    Here’s hoping Spike doesn’t come back to bite us.

  • Mattski

    Did the right thing, as usual.

    • Mark Worthley

      Ridiculous amount of TV coverage! Mike and Mike devoted like five minutes to this. Why this became nationally covered is nonsense.

      • A2MIKE

        As a NW alum, Greenie, is always looking to pile on Michigan. At least Wilbon, freely admits it.

      • Chillax

        It’s always fun to tear down the good guys….see Tebow. As bad of a QB as he was people just wanted to tear that guy down for all the humanitarian work he does.

        • Mattski

          Not going to get into a tangle with you on this, Chillax, but it’s “humanitarian” work with a decided political slant. If and when he runs for office that will be very obvious. But the venom people have for sports figures (I agree). . . obviously needs a little unpacking.

  • gobluemd16

    I think it’s pretty ridiculous that he did this, mostly because of the media backlash. If Spike goes to another Big Ten school (that isn’t IU), there will be two programs with deep, deep insight into Michigan’s sets, plays, etc. That provides them with a major advantage.

    • Champswest

      It didn’t seem to help Indiana much in the B1G tournament.

      • Mark Worthley

        IU hasn’t had too much difficulty before Bielfeldt’s transfer either.

      • metalhead65

        who cares about the stupid tournament. I will take a undisputed Big Ten regular season championship over a meaningless tourney title at the end of a season. pretty sad if you have not proven yourself not worthy of being selected to the ncaa that 1 win over the champs in a conference tourney suddenly makes you good enough to go. how did that work out for you guys by the way/

    • Indiana_Banners

      Uhhh, the sets UM runs are all on tape. All the coaches in the league have deep, deep insight into UM’s sets and plays. Why do you imagine they would somehow be indecipherable?

    • AA7596

      Mike Jackson went from Beilein’s staff to Purdue a few years ago. He knew our sets and plays. Should that have been barred too?

      The inside-knowledge thing is a red herring. Sure it’s a disadvantage, but such information could be passed on by assistants, managers, trainers or any of the myriad people in the program who aren’t subject to rules restricting their movement.

      The real issue with intraconference transfers is obvious: Schools don’t want to get beat by players they developed. It’s one thing if the player hasn’t graduated or is leaving against the team’s wishes, but if neither is the case, the school just doesn’t have any standing.

  • gobluemd16

    Unrelated, but I think if there is another transfer from the program, it will be announced today. “Bad” news more easily forgotten over the weekend.

    • victorycircle

      The question do you want a transfer or do you want players on our roster to develop? It seems that people are hoping for a transfer smh…….

  • Jon Sohn

    Never really have understood why Spike isn’t welcomed to stay a 5th year at Michigan. I understand a young PG is coming in but we could always use his leadership and solid play in a reserve role. Is the kid from Columbia, for example, really that much more of a need than just sticking with Spike?

    • A few things:

      -The kid from Columbia is a contingency plan right now.
      -There’s also the possibility that Spike wants to play more than 3rd string PG minutes
      -There’s also the need to play Xavier significant minutes to get him ready to be the starting PG in 2017-18.

      • Jon Sohn

        All good points, i just like Spike! He’s proven he can deliver.

      • Chillax

        Has anyone seen Spike on the court yet…or is it all speculation that he will be able to play?

    • CZGuy99

      I would be worried that his recovery wouldn’t be 100%, might re-injure, etc. It would be a crap shoot

    • Chris De Sana

      Has anyone confirmed the kid from Columbia is being offered money? And I am sure Spike could have stayed but on his own dime which obviously he would rather not do at this point. Too bad really because I sort of thought he would make a good grad assistant at some point and maybe even a coach later in his career.

    • victorycircle

      Listen, this is the last time I’m saying this because these questions are beginning to get really annoying. As far as Max Bieifiet – would you rather have one year of MAX OR multiple years of WAGNER? THE SAME with Spike would you rather have years of a player like Xavier Simpson who is ranked higher ( for all you message board virus who worship rankings) or years of other players to develope or push away a player for Spike and then talk about program integrity afterwards? The fact is we recruited positions because Car is and Spike was graduating. No one for seen the injuries. I don’t understand why this is hard to understand and we we’re already over the limit. It’s really annoying but people have to find something to complain about about. Just watch when Doyle goes elsewhere and perform these same people will be like ” why didn’t Beliein make effort to keep him”. I think that I’m going to leave this particular message board alone because some of you posters tick me off.

      • Jon Sohn

        glad its the last time, wouldn’t want you to get too annoyed on a Michigan basketball website.

        • victorycircle

          If people use their brains before they posted – people wouldn’t get annoyed.

  • metalhead65

    there are no restrictions on coaches who can pack up and leave and go to any school they want but they want to prevent a guy who will graduate from the school and who they told they did not want back because they over recruited he can’t go to the school he wants? they and any school or coach who does this deserves the backlash they get for doing this kind of crap!

    • Now we are calling this over-recruiting? That’s a bit disingenuous considering no one expected Albrecht back this year and he was expected to play out his senior year.

      • victorycircle

        Thank you. Couldn’t have said it any better.

      • Mark Worthley

        They needed Ricky to transfer in order to make room for the recruits. So, yes, they did over-recruit. The real argument is that the coaches can’t predict attrition or injuries, and it’s basically necessary to “over-recruit” to ensure that your program’s future is intact (see Ohio State).

        • Was talking about Spike’s situation. I get that Doyle is in the release, but I’d be shocked if he transferred to a Big Ten school.

          • Mark Worthley

            Yep, the situation that they are dealing with is literally impossible to predict or workaround. Spike is a good guy and so is Beilein, but they have competing interests and structural barriers.

            I’m not upset that they over-recruited and Ricky had to transfer. I think that is solely the result of Wagner falling into their laps when they had already made good relationships with Teske and Davis. Once Wagner developed, the writing was on the wall for either DJ or Ricky to compete for their future at Michigan.

      • metalhead65

        then why did the coaches tell him that when he announced he wanted to play next season? if they did not expect him back then what was the problem of letting him play wherever he wanted to his final year? he had fulfilled his obligation to the Michigan so they should have no right to tell him where he could go to school next.

  • Carmoejorkel

    Media pressure is a b…. Never would have happened without it

  • mikey_mac

    Whatever the impetus, I’m glad JB came around on this.

  • Champswest

    I am a Beilein supporter, in general, but I came out against the decision to place restrictions on Spike’s transfer. This Beilein reversal is the correct thing to do and makes me like and support him even more. Good luck to Spike and Go Blue.

  • victorycircle

    I can assure that all of the players from each program including osu and msu have the same restrictions and would be prohibited from transferring here with no backlash. The funny thing is that the players had no issues – just the fans and the media. No one says anything about the other programs that does this. Really annoying.

  • Mark Worthley

    I would hate to see Spike wearing a Purdue uniform, but he’s exactly what they need, albeit a year too late.

    • Chillax

      Purdue screwed my bracket. I thought those oversized guys would take them to the final four….oh how I was wrong. That team was primed.

  • John

    Hey, Greenberg, stop having Rick Pitino on your show every other week. You want to talk about outrage, you have no issue with that guy being the leader or men but you want to pile on Beilein. What an absolute hypocrite. Your show sucks but I listen to it when I get bored on my drive. I will listen to WJR now. Garbage.

  • Bigrange

    I could see Spike going somewhere like Valpo. Close to home, almost guaranteed to go to the tourney, and they graduate their starting guard.

    • bobohle

      I could also see Spike going to Valpo. They will need a pg next year

      • Mark Worthley

        Valpo need perimeter scoring, so yes, he’d fit the bill. But, he’s likely got other options.

      • Kiddo2050

        What about IU?

  • bobohle

    I wonder if OSU has restrictions on Giddens destination.

  • Wayman Britt

    Well guys does Bacari Alexander get the U of D job?

    • bobohle

      By going the Perry Watson route. Ehh? Maybe we can pry Juwan Howard away from the Heat to toughen up the bigs.

  • Chris in NC

    Can we not keep Spike somehow? We sure could have used him this year and I’m sure we’ll need him next year…