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Players' perspective on John Beilein

Former players knew Michigan coach was destined for big things

Updated: April 3, 2013, 8:30 PM ET
By Michael Rothstein | ESPN.com

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- During his first season at Michigan, John Beilein's weekly radio show at Pizza House, a local Ann Arbor restaurant, usually drew a handful of fans. Mostly, people came to eat pizza. The Wolverines were in the midst of a 10-22 season and a ninth-place finish in the Big Ten. Michigan basketball had not reached an NCAA tournament since 1998.

Now in his sixth season, the joint was packed for his final show of the season. Beilein received two standing ovations from ...

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