- His team's disappearance from the Top 25, where they were ranked in the preseason. UM is currently #82 in the Sagarin rankings.
- His team's plunge in the conference standings. The Writers Poll had them finishing in fifth-place or better, while they are now in ninth-place.
- His team's losses to rival MSU, who swept the Wolverines for the second time in the last five seasons. Beilein was highly recognized for getting his team to an overtime session in the first game, and only getting outscored by 23 points in the next 45 minutes (OT plus Game Two).
"Words can't really explain my feelings right now, mostly because I don't have anything like feelings. But if I did, they would be un-explainable, even if I could draw on a basketball clipboard while I talk to you.
"Today is a special day to me because of Jim Harbaugh. Coach Jim means a lot to me, as well as to everybody else around here. Now that Jimbo is here, my life has truly gained value and meaning. Before Harbs got here, we were all like lost souls wandering blindly through eternity. Now we can see the light. I accept him as my personal savior.
"I dedicate this award to Lord Jim, on behalf of all those who willingly signed-up for membership in his newfound cult, as well as those who were involuntarily conscripted, like me."