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Posted on Fri, Oct 16, 2009 : 11:34 p.m.

John Beilein dancing - and talking about it - after Michigan basketball's Michigan Madness

By Michael Rothstein

Before Michigan went onto the Crisler Arena floor Friday night for its introductions, John Beilein’s players and coach flipped their roles - the players becoming coaches, trying to teach the third-year Wolverines coach different dances.

See, the plan called for Michigan’s assistant and head men’s and women’s basketball coaches to dance through a line of their players as they were introduced.

So Michigan’s players tried to teach Beilein the Stanky Legg, among other dances. “We were showing him music,” sophomore guard Stu Douglass said. “He did different types and it was hilarious. But I guess he went with his original plan, which was still funny.”

In some cases, Beilein said he wondered if some of the dances his players showed him were appropriate and knowing it’d be videotaped, stuck with the basics.

Beilein eventually passed on his players’ teachings, instead with going with something a little bit more traditional - running out to House of Pain’s ‘Jump Around,’

“It’s something I’ve never done before and I don’t know if I’ll ever do it again,” Beilein said. “I’ll have to watch it on tape before I decide if I’ll ever do it again.”

Saying it was last minute, Beilein already said next year he’ll be more choreographed. When asked about another Big Ten coach who was famously caught on tape dancing, Beilein laughed.

“Yeah, Bo Ryan, Soulja Boy,” Beilein said. “I’ll do something like that.”


Michael Rothstein covers University of Michigan basketball for He can be reached at (734) 623-2558, by e-mail at or follow along on Twitter @mikerothstein.



Sat, Oct 17, 2009 : 4:57 p.m.

yes, wersch. michigan football is on the road back to greatness. assuming greatness is on the moon.


Sat, Oct 17, 2009 : 8:50 a.m.

The whole point was to just have fun by embarrassing himself. Belein was making fun of himself in the spirit of the event for the students and players. This day and age makes me sick. This is definitely my last post...what is wrong with people??? Have fun knit picking your lives away. GO BLUE! UM BASKETBALL IS BACK, MICHIGAN FOOTBALL IS ON THE ROAD BACK TO GREATNESS.