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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Welcome Coach Beilein!

As numerous media outlets are reporting, John Beilein will be the next head basketball coach at the University of Michigan. Coach Beilein is well respected by his colleagues as one of the best coaches in the game and I am excited to see him on our side.

Maybe I am expecting too much at this point but I can't wait to see this team on the floor next season. After 9 years of not making the tournament I hope that Coach Beilein can help change that next year. As I've said before I grew up with Michigan basketball and lived through some bad teams when I was in school. But I never gave up on them and I always went to the games, even when I was walking from Geddes down to Crisler to watch Ellerbe's last team. The basketball team hasn't been high on the priority list for many Michigan fans but I believe that is about to change. The press conference is scheduled for tomorrow so we'll probably learn more then about assistant coaches and other information.

There were reports that as many as 5 players were going to leave if Beilein was hired but that doesn't seem like the case as Deshawn Sims and Ekpe Udoh have both said they are staying. Now we wait for Beilein to meet with the incoming recruits and see what happens. I hope everyone stays but won't be surprised if Alex Legion decides to bolt. Michigan basketball is back and I can't wait to see it.

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