Michigan basketball coach John Beilein speaks with the media Friday, May 26, 2017.
Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press
As soon as the NCAA concluded its Louisville basketball investigation last week, the school’s 2013 basketball title came under the microscope.
The Cardinals won that title game over Michigan and now that Louisville may vacate games due to ineligible players, potentially that one, it becomes an interesting dynamic for Michigan.
Don’t expect the Wolverines to look back, though.
Asked if Michigan would get national championship rings for its players if the title game is vacated, U-M coach John Beilein rejected that idea.
“I don’t think so,” Beilein said on Fox Sports Radio’s Doug Gottlieb Show today. “They beat us fair and square in a game. I’m not going to go into what their issues were there. It was a basketball game and we had a tough game. The breaks did not go our way. We had some wins where the breaks went all our way.
“It didn’t work out, but we’re not going to look back and ask for anything. Our kids gave us everything they had.”
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