The world of college basketball can sometimes be a lawless place, but you apparently won’t find any rulebreaking in the gym of Michigan’s John Beilein and several other Big Ten coaches.
A poll of coaches conducted by CBS Sports found Beilein to be considered the cleanest coach in college basketball, followed closely by Wisconsin’s Greg Gard, Ohio State’s Chris Holtmann and Michigan State’s Tom Izzo.
More than 100 coaches responded to the question “Who is the high-major coach you genuinely believe does everything by the book and operates completely within the NCAA’s rulebook?” Beilein received 26.6 percent of the vote, by far the highest share of responses.
Gard finished in a tie for third at 7.6 percent with Virginia’s Tony Bennett. Holtmann and Izzo followed in a tie for sixth at 4.8 percent.
Coaches also had plenty to say on Beilein’s strict adherance to NCAA rules.
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.
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