After leading Virginia basketball to an overall record of 31-3 this season before being upset in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett was named the Associated Press Coach of the Year on Thursday.
However, with his alma mater playing in the Final Four on Saturday, former Michigan football star Jourdan Lewis disagreed with the pick. Lewis took to Twitter to make it known that he disagreed with Bennett being the AP Coach of the Year, endorsing Michigan basketball coach John Beilein in the process.
It all started with this tweet by the Detroit Free Press’s Chris Solari:
Virginia's Tony Bennett named AP Coach of the Year.
— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) March 29, 2018
Lewis responded to the tweet, throwing shade at the Virginia coach in the process.
My coach beat Izzo twice. Plus a final four appearance. https://t.co/tIUqGeClL8
— Jourdan Lewis (@JourdanJD) March 29, 2018
Of course, Lewis is alluding to the fact that Michigan basketball defeated Tom Izzo and Michigan State both times the teams faced this season, as well as Michigan’s upcoming appearance in the Final Four. Michigan also won the Big Ten Tournament earlier this month and currently has an overall record of 32-7.
Virginia was expected by many to be in the Final Four, but the Cavaliers were defeated by UMBC in the first round of the tournament, 74-54. The loss marked the first time in men’s NCAA Tournament history that a No. 16 seed has defeated a No. 1 seed.
As for Lewis, the two-time first-team All-American with Michigan football is currently a member of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.
Lewis will be rooting for Michigan basketball when it faces off against Loyola-Chicago at 6:09 p.m. ET on Saturday in San Antonio, and the winner of that game will play in the National Championship Game on Monday.