I have long been an admirer of Coach B. He most certainly is one of the classiest gentlemen in sport. He is a man of impeccable character and the highest standard of ethics. In the adversity that the team suffered Wednesday, his leadership, calm demeanor, and character once again came shining through. John Beilein never complains. He defers praise, instead giving it to others, in this case his players, managers, and basketball staff as well as the flight crew. There are those who say he is a great offensive basketball coach. While I don't believe that can be disputed, some of his detractors do give him credit as a "good" or "very good" offensive coach. Folks who coach this game call him an offensive genius. His peers in COACHING know he is a great offensive coach. His detractors say he is a mediocre defensive coach or worse. Hopefully this second half of the season is beginning to refute some of THAT criticism. There are those who would attribute our recent defensive success to Billy Donlan. Coach B would probably be one of them. Coach B HIRED Billy Donlan. Coach B has deferred to Billy Donlan, and has adjusted his defensive philosophy in accordance with that hire and Donlan's defensive expertise. THAT is leadership. There are those who say Coach B "can't recruit." I will not criticize any player Coach B hasn't recruited or hasn't prioritized that folks on here would like him to recruit, but Coach B recruits kids who HE believes will fit the culture he has established and built and continues to build here. I am so thankful that Coach B has recruited high character kids, well spoken kids, kids who simply don't get in trouble, and who CAN play. I'm so thankful he recruited Dwalt, and Zac, and MAAR, and DJ, and Wagner, Duncan, and yes, Mark Donnal, who quickly took charge and got that emergency door open so his teammates could escape. These kids, ALL of them, handled adversity extremely well. And it continued through the night, and the next morning having to get back on an airplane, flying to DC, fighting traffic, arriving late to the arena, and THEN playing one hell of a game. Coach B recruited these kids, and they are a reflection of him. Have I always agreed with everything Coach B does with his kids on the floor? Not always, but he has forgotten a hell of a lot more than I ever knew about coaching, so I've learned to trust him. I admire his ability to adjust, and to prepare his team. He doesn't often get out coached. Oh, and by the way, he now is the winningest coach in Michigan Basketball history! I don't know how the kids will play today. They very well could, a day removed from all the adrenaline and energy they displayed yesterday, and just two days after their near tragedy, come out a bit tired and flat today. Then, too, they may play with the same energy and effort they displayed yesterday. They are kids. Maybe their shots will fall and they'll dominate Purdue like they did the last time we played them, and maybe they won't. Maybe tired legs will catch up with them. What I DO know is that win or lose, I am proud of these kids, and I'm proud of their coach, a man I admire greatly. Thanks to whoever started this "Beilein Appreciation Thread."