Basket Case: The Frenetic Life of Michigan Coach Bill Frieder

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William Samuel "Bill" Frieder (born March 3, 1942) is a former basketball coach at Michigan (1981-1989) and Arizona State (1989-1997). Frieder's 1985-86 team was the last Michigan team to win a Big Ten Championship until the 2011-12 team. Just before the 1989 NCAA Tournament, Frieder announced that he would leave Michigan for Arizona State at the end of the season. Michigan athletic director Bo Schembechler ordered Frieder to leave immediately, and named top assistant Steve Fisher as the interim coach for the tournament. Schembechler famously announced, "A Michigan man will coach Michigan, not an Arizona State man." The Wolverines went on to win the tournament and Fisher was officially given the head coaching job. Michigan credits the 1988-89 team's regular season to Frieder and the NCAA tournament to Fisher.

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The life of University of Michigan basketball coach Frieder may be hectic, but as treated in this autobiography, written with one-time Ann Arbor News columnist Mortimer, it makes for very bland and conventional reading. Frieder followed the customary steps to his head coaching job, starting in high school and advancing up the ladder, the only unusual feature being that he didn't stand out as a high school player himself. He recalls his assistant coaches, good fellows all; his players, talented and dedicated; Michigan's recruiting program, always honest and above-board; the media, with few exceptions fair and decent; and Indiana coach Bobby Knight, whom he doesn't like. The book may sell well in Big Ten country, but is unlikely to rouse interest elsewhere. Photos not seen by PW.
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