Kansas State Basketball fans do not have a team left in the NCAA tournament. They can enjoy the misfortune of those who also are finished.
Bruce Weber and the Wildcats wrapped up their season in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Now fans should celebrate coach John Beilein and Michigan’s loss.
I know it’s not polite to celebrate when other teams lose. However, I know a few Kansas State fans will never forgive Beilein.
Some also blame former Duke player and Michigan coach Tommy Amaker. So let’s celebrate Michigan and Duke both getting knocked out of the NCAA tournament.
As a matter of fact, I bet you forgot what those two did that had a huge impact on basketball at Kansas State.
Amaker, who has since done a great job coaching Harvard basketball, struggled as the head coach in the Big Ten Conference.
In the spring of 2007, the Wolverines decided to make a coaching change.
They fired Amaker and hired a man coaching at the University of West Virginia.
John Beilein took over the Moutaineer’s basketball program in 2002. In Morgantown, he took the team to the Elite-8 and Sweet 16.
About the same time, Bob Huggins brought excitement back to Kansas State basketball.
Wildcat fans actually fought over season tickets to watch basketball at Bramlage.
Remember Aggieville changing the name to Huggieville?
Huggins hired the right people, brought in some big-time recruits and made basketball fun again.
After a 20-win season, the Wildcats just missed March Madness.
A few weeks later, Michigan called Beilein. They minute I heard that the Wolverines were interested in him, I knew Huggins would leave Manhattan. Now, look what he’s done in Morgantown and the work ahead for Bruce Weber.
All things consider, I decided Kansas State fans should celebrate Oregon’s one point win in Kansas City over Beilein.