UM Basketball: ‘Magic Bus’ under warranty through 2016

Posted: January 11, 2010 by Jared Field in College

I guess I don’t understand the nuts and bolts of how universities handle coaching contracts, but why was it necessary to extend John Belein’s contract with the Wolverines before the season is over? Or better yet, before their new A.D. takes the reins?

I mean, I think the guy’s a good coach, but I’m pretty sure other schools aren’t beating down the door to get him to jump ship. He’s been in Ann Arbor for three years, recruited very poorly and has, as a result, a pretty average program with limited buzz among basketball fans in the state.

It’s bad optics, too, coming on the heels of UM’s loss at home to Northwestern.

People who defend Belein and the “Magic Bus” tend to talk about what he’s like as a guy. How nice he is, etc. This is big-time college basketball, folks. If you’re a major recruit, is Bill Nye The Science Guy going to be able to convince you to come to Ann Arbor? Doubt it.

  1. Dean Oakwood says:

    The whole point of extending his contract was so that we could nail down these big recruits that Michigan is after.

    There is no doubt now that Belein will be the coach of the future and that will help in the recruiting of guys like Ziegler and Horford (JB was at his game on Friday night).

    Morris is gonna be a stud and Vogrich was Illinois player of the year last year, so I wouldn’t say that he isn’t recruiting top talent.

    • Jared Field says:

      Have you seen either of those guys up close? They don’t look like top-tier talent to me. Michigan “stole” Morris from big-time basketball programs like Oregon State and USC. No one else offered. He’s very average, even for a freshman. He doesn’t shoot the ball well from the perimeter (or the foul line for that matter) and his A/T ratio is very average. I just don’t know how you can be so sure he will be a “stud” based on what you’ve seen this season.

      As for Vogrich, I just don’t see it. He can’t create his own shot and barely sniffs the floor on a very average team. It’s not like either Morris or Vogrich have a team full of studs in front of them.

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