ESPN has been ranking the top 50 coaches in college basketball over the last several weeks in a poll comprised of nearly 100 ESPN staff members. The results are intended to be based on how coaches would be rated in the present day rather than based on their entire careers.
Michigan head coach John Beilein checked in at No. 9 on the list. Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan appear to be the only other Big Ten coaches ranked ahead of Beilein.
It took Beilein a lifetime to get to where he is now: indubitably successful, at the head of a well-funded high-major program, in charge of a tenacious group of assistant coaches and recruiters. And now, finally, the rest of us are getting to see just how good he really is.
It’s a strange thing to say about a 61-year-old man, but it feels like his career has only just begun.
Read Eamonn Brennan’s complete column on Beilein here. (Photo: Dustin Johnston)