Beilein bound for Final Four

John Beilein.

When he was the head basketball coach at West Virginia University, he took the Mountaineers to the Elite Eight.

Now that he is the head coach at the University of Michigan, he has gone one better.

Thanks to Sunday’s total domination of Florida, the Wolverines are in the Final Four. They are two games away from being the national champions.

Next up is a semifinal matchup of No. 4 seeds vs. Syracuse, a game in which Michigan is a slight favorite.

Beilein has a knack for getting the most out of what he has got.

And he never has had so much talent on the court as he does with this year’s Michigan team.

While many coaches are married to a particular system, Beilein is one of those talented individuals who adapts the system to the available talent.

He does so without drawing attention to himself. He’s a low-key individual who reminds you more of a professor than a coach.

He’s a teacher and a builder of programs from the ground up.

In a day and age when there are lot of rogues in the coaching business, Beilein is as classy as they come.

I’ll never forget the day he left West Virginia. The first thing he did was tell his players.

After all, it was their lives that were going to be disrupted as much as his. Then, he met with the members of the West Virginia media to face the music and explain his decision.

Quite a contrast from football coach Rich Rodriguez’s departure for the same school.

It’s always good to see somebody new playing on the biggest stage.

This year’s tournament will have two traditional powers – Syracuse and Louisville- and two relative newcomers, Michigan and Wichita State, who may not even be the best teams in their respective home states (Michigan State came within a single point of sweeping Michigan and Kansas was seeded and ranked much higher than Wichita).

* PDW: Unless you are an avid bowling fan, those initials likely don’t mean anything to you.

They belong to 50-year-old Peter David Weber, who on Sunday placed his name in the conversation for the greatest bowler of all-time by winning the sport’s most prestigious title, the PBA Tournament of Champions, at an age when most bowlers opt for the seniors tour.

Weber is the son of bowling icon Dick Weber, who dominated the sport in the early days of television.

Few sons of legendary athletes are able to match the accomplishments of their famous father, but Pete Weber has done just that.

When bowlers discuss who is the greatest of all-time, they can make a legitimate case for Earl Anthony, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Dick Weber or Pete Weber.

Contact Dave Poe at dpoe@newsandsentinel.com