White: Michigan's Beilein travels a less glamorous road than Cards' Pitino
Michigan's John Beilein, left, is the only active coach who's led 20-win seasons at the junior college, NAIA, Division II and Division I levels. His Louisville counterpart Rick Pitino has taken three schools to the Final Four, winning a national championship at Kentucky, and also coached the NBA's Knicks and Celtics.
Posted: Sunday, April 7, 2013 12:00 am
One newspaper article perfectly summarizes the polar opposite career coaching arcs of Michigan's John Beilein and Louisville's Rick Pitino, a pair of 60-year-olds who on Monday night will meet for an NCAA basketball championship.
It was dated May 1, 1987, and for even more irony, it appeared in the Syracuse (N.Y.) Herald-Journal. Beilein beat Syracuse on Saturday to earn his first trip to a national final. Pitino spent two years as an assistant at Syracuse under Jim Boeheim.
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Sunday, April 7, 2013 12:00 am.