Earlier this week, John Beilein was asked to say a few words about the season he spent coaching Nazareth College - 30 years ago.
Specifically, he was asked what it was like having Jeff Van Gundy on the team, but it turned out the questioner was off by a year. Van Gundy didn't arrive at Nazareth until later.
No matter. It was another chance for Beilein to offer a quick history lesson.
''My first game at Nazareth was at Brockport State. Jeff Van Gundy was the starting point guard at Brockport State and his father was the head coach,'' Beilein said. ''Both teams showed up with gold uniforms. The Brockport State guys had to go back to their rooms to get their new uniforms.''
Beilein went on to explain how Van Gundy switched schools, heading to Nazareth around the same time Beilein left to take a job at LeMoyne. The anecdote had nothing to do with Michigan or this week's Final Four, but the 60-year-old coach was happy to tell the story - and that was no surprise to anyone who observe...