Michigan's John Beilein criticizes ESPN for pushing back tip-off time

Wednesday November 26th, 2014

Michigan coach John Beilein said he was bothered that his team's game against No. 12 Villanova Tuesday night was pushed back 15 minutes.

The game, initially scheduled for 10 p.m. ET on ESPN 2, did not tip off until 10:15, following the conclusion of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) matchup between Ohio and Miami of Ohio. 

Beilein, who made his remarks without prompting and after the conclusion of the press conference questions,​ pointed out that some of his players had classes scheduled early Wednesday morning. 

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"Was anyone else bothered with us moving back (the tip-off) 10 minutes to accommodate ESPN?" Beilein said. "I mean, I love ESPN, guys, I love it, but when they told me that the game was being moved back 15 minutes -- something is wrong. We have a whole bunch of guys with 8 and 9 o'clock classes tomorrow morning and we move that game to 10:15 so that a football game could be finished." [...]

"Let us start our game," he said. "This is way out of whack when we move a game 15 minutes. It's already at the wrong time -- 10 p.m. on the East Coast -- and now, move it 15 more minutes? I love ESPN. They're so good for us. They got that one wrong. You can't do that to our student-athletes.

"Tell Spike Albrecht when he goes to his 9 o'clock class today that it was more important that we start that on time at 10 o'clock, rather than that. This is wrong and we're going to fix it. Thank you very much."

Michigan lost the game -- the championship of the Legends Classic tournament at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. -- to fall to 4-1 on the season. The No. 19 Wolverines host Nicholls State on Saturday afternoon.

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