Sports fans and athletes everywhere have been rocked by the Thursday news that the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments have been canceled by the NCAA.

In addition to the cancellations of March Madness, the NCAA has also canceled all spring championships through the end of the academic year. To follow that announcement, the B1G also canceled all remaining spring conference and non-conference games as well as suspending recruiting activities.

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It is definitely an unprecedented day in the world of college sports and is disappointing for everyone involved. However, ex-Michigan head coach John Beilein made an appearance on BTN to discuss the announcements.

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For Beilein, he believes this is an opportunity for coaches to use as a teachable moment:

“When the basketball stops bouncing, what do you got? Well, the basketball stopped bouncing,” said Beilein. “What type of life are you living, what type of values do you have? This is the good stuff that we can use to teach going forward.

“I think this is going to affect so many people in a negative way, I think it’s going to affect a lot of people in a positive way.”

Hopefully, athletes and coaches are able to take something out of all the cancellations. For now, the sting of missed games and championships is likely to linger a while longer.