Michigan head coach John Beilein is well-respected by most college basketball coaches.
College basketball recruiting, like college football, certainly has a reputation for being a little shady. Recruiting can be a nasty business, and no one would know that better than the coaches tasked with doing the dirty work to rake in top athletes each and every year.
So CBS Sports, as part of their “Candid Coaches” series, decided to ask college basketball coaches about the “cleanest coaches” in the business—rather than the dirtiest.
Here’s what they asked over 100 head coaches:
Who is the high-major coach you genuinely believe does everything by the book and operates completely within the NCAA’s rulebook?
And the winner?
Michigan head coach John Beilein, and it wasn’t even close. Beilein pulled in 26.6 percent of the vote, with the next closest coach (Notre Dame’s Mike Brey) coming in at 10.5 percent.
Here’s what anonymous coaches had to say about Beilein:
- “John Beilein is a by-the-book, letter-of-the-law guy. LETTER-OF-THE-LAW. … You get two hours to work out guys for the week. If he works out a kid and, say, they go one hour and one minute, he’s going to start the next time with 59 minutes on the clock and go 59 minutes. That’s the truth.”
- “Personally, we’ve gone up against him [in recruiting] … and there’s never been any issues. You go head-to-head with some of these guys, and you know what’s going on. … But nothing has popped up that’s even been in the gray area [with Michigan].”
- “If you look over the course of his programs, they have a very unique way in how they recruit players. It’s a very old-school approach. He has to see them. They only offer kids if they come to campus twice. Stuff like that. His background is such, and this is way vague, but guys that typically have cheated or do things the wrong way, they live their lives at a certain level of athletics for such a long period. But John Beilein worked his way up. He’s never been an assistant — only been a head coach his entire life. He’s like, ‘This is the only way do it, and I’m going to continue to do it.’ [Guys like him] get to a point in their careers where they’ve been able to operate that way for so long, why risk their job and reputation?”
You can check out the entire set of results here.