At the risk of impeding upon certain WVU taboos, it’s worth mentioning John Beilein and Michigan basketball today. The Wolverines are 2-0Â and tonight face the first of many, many nonconference challenges when they play Georgetown on something called ESPN360.
Seriously, would you be shocked at all if Michigan won?
Anyhow, Beilein was known to be a tad meticulous while here and it was understandable because this, after all, was a man who grew up in coaching in the high school, junior college, Division II and NAIA levels, where he often had to do just about everything himself.
Beilein has kept on at Michigan and the Ann Arbor News published a list of 40 (!) things that are differentÂ this year. Mentioned on the list is Beilein doesn’t recruit elite prep players but does have unique terminology, his teams don’t rebound or turn the ball over, but do shoot a lot of 3-pointers.
Yet there were a few other … surprises:
Headbands weren’t allowed under Amaker. Now players – Ron Coleman, right, and Kelvin Grady among them – can wear headbands if they commit to it all season.
When Beilein talks about checkers, he’s not referring to the game. The coach has small wooden checkers and a board with basketball court markings in his office to explain his system to struggling players.
And my favorite…
Pregame introductions at Crisler Arena have been livened up, with the lights turned off, spotlights whirling around and upbeat music.