Big Ten Media Day - John Beilein
Oct. 25, 2012
THE MODERATOR: Next up is Michigan head coach John Beilein, welcoming back 10 letter winners and they won a Big Ten championship last year.
So there are challenges there, but there is great opportunity because of the young talent we have and the returning players who haven't played a lot but have worked hard at their game.
Q. You mentioned a couple of weeks ago you were going to need time to figure out your starting lineup. Do you have a better idea what that's going to be?
I would love to have a multi-positional players, but we don't want to put them in opportunities where they're comfortable while we grow their ability to play different positions.
If you saw our practice yesterday we had four different combinations out there, and I don't think any one of them blew our coaching staff away of working as well together as they all have to be successful. We are just continuing to experiment with it. It will happen probably hopefully we will have something in place by the start of the Big Ten season.
Q. Seems like you've got your program in place the way you want it to be after a building process. Talk about how long that takes, what's reasonable for a fan base and what the obstacles are.
So to get to the sixth, the seventh, the eighth spot which we were able to get to is one step, now making that next step is really hard. I think anybody building a program has to understand, it is difficult, because people weren't stepping back and saying, hey, let's let Michigan have their turn. It's hard to get there. If you establish the culture and get the right breaks here and there, anything can happen.
Q. Can you describe the way you're going to be looking to Tim Hardaway, Jr this season? He's an upperclassman, has a lot of experience. Can you talk about his role?
Q. What can the first few weeks of practice tell you about what we can do they college level? JOHN BEILEIN: What it can tell me is they are receptive to continuing to be coached. They really want to learn whatever we can teach them and what their teammates can teach them. When you go out to a practice, there is enough going on with a player when they're receptive to practices and pick things up quickly, that's refreshing.
We have been fortunate to have a lot of players over the last couple of years that have that type of attitude and these five seem to be in unison to be able to grow as a group, whether they're playing or not on the same team, grow as a group in how much they can take in and then put into action.
Q. Can you talk about Burke leaving Michigan and trying to go to the NBA, what did it mean to your program this year to get him back and where did you want to see him go from year one to year two in his progress?
Having him back has been helpful because he's a good player, he is a winner, he's proved he's a winner and having talent is one thing, teaching winning is another thing. He's been through a year where he was so helpful in that Big Ten championship in games both at home and on the road.
THE MODERATOR: Thank you, Coach, good luck this year.
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