Quick hits from Beilein's radio show

January, 16, 2012
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Michigan coach John Beilein just finished up his weekly radio show a few minutes ago.

As always, here are the highlights from the third time Beilein has spoke publicly or to the media Monday in convenient bullet form.

  • On Iowa being a trap game: “It’s an away game against a team that is very good and very talented.”
  • On understanding the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry: “Not being from Michigan originally, you’re not in it until you’re in it.”
  • On last year at Michigan State as a turning point: “When you look back at it, that’s when our run started. Was it the thing that was the turning point? That could be argued for a long time.”
  • On pregame coaches chat: “I always go to see them. They never go to see me. One of these days I’m going to stay at my bench and see what happens.”
  • Beilein not a fan of coaching chats. Says he doesn’t want “to be patronized” by other coaches but will never blow a coach off. Keeps it professional.
  • On glue guys: “Stu (Douglass), his glue is growing every day.”
  • On Zack Novak (Michigan has plays named after guys like Cazzie Russell and Rudy Tomjanovich): “Zack is the cornerstone of the rebuilding we try to do. I know we’ll have a plays for him. We’ll have something for Zack Novak. His name will be around here for a while.”
  • On toughness of his team: “We don’t foul a great deal but we play very hard without fouling.”
  • When Beilein got back from Iowa, his wife, Kathleen, was babysitting his granddaughter. So he went to work. Then he went to work Sunday. Beilein, on his preparation, said it's a little "sick."
  • Beilein said this year's Northwestern team is the best Northwestern team he's seen. He then went on to laud how the Wildcats change defensively in zones from 1-3-1 to 2-3 in preparation.

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