The Wolverine

May 2013

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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Wolverine WATCH   john borton U-M Enters Major Sports Golden Era Victory awaits him who has everything in order — luck people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time — this is called bad luck. — Roald Amundsen M ichigan will become one of the "luckiest" schools in the country in its football-basketball one-two punch over the next several seasons. Mark it down. Despite the evil engineers in Columbus, and all the desperate darksiders hauling flaming couches onto the railroad tracks in East Lansing, there's no stopping this train now. Brady Hoke and John Beilein are setting their cow catchers on eviscerate. Beilein made the biggest breakthrough to date, with a Big Ten championship and Final Four appearance in back-to-back years. Then again, he enjoyed a four-year head start on Hoke, who has a BCS bowl victory in his pocket. But now, they're really ready to roll. Athlon Sports recently tabbed the duo as the second-best football-basketball coaching combination in the nation. Given recent results, it's easy to see why. Michigan's run to the national championship game in basketball generated more excitement, pride and pure joy than experienced around With football coach Brady Hoke (above) and basketball coach John Beilein, Michigan has one of the best head coaching combinations in the country. photo by per kjeldsen Crisler Center in 20 years. It featured dominance, cliffhangers, raw passion and ultimate — albeit momentary — agony in the title game against Louisville. Along the way, the Wolverines gained so much. They reaffirmed Beilein's ability to pick talent, with sophomore guard Trey Burke carrying the Wolverines to the unlikeliest of comebacks against Kansas in the Sweet 16, then ultimately propelling them to the title game. They found a brand new star in freshman big man Mitch McGary, along with others such as junior Tim Hardaway Jr. and freshmen Glenn Robinson III, Nik Stauskas, Caris LeVert and Spike Albrecht, who al-

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