SI.com: John Beilein's Departure From Michigan Is a Disheartening Sign for a Changed Sport
At the Final Four earlier this year, I was chatting with a few people who work in Michigan State's basketball program when the conversation turned to Michigan. The schools have had an unusual rivalry in recent years: Both teams have been national contenders, and their games have been intense, but there is an extremely high level of mutual respect that, unfortunately, the football programs don't seem to have at the moment. Still: if you work in one program, you really don't get a close look inside the other. One of the MSU staffers asked how John Beilein's Michigan program compared to Tom Izzo's at Michigan State.