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.