John Beilein does not make for much of a villain. If it were legal to describe a Division I basketball coach as “kind” or “gentle”, such adjectives might fit his personality. So when he endorses an unpopular position in the college sports world, it ought to be a little bit more difficult to dismiss him as some sort of tyrant.

Alas, this is 2016, when even Hello Kitty could be considered a despot if trapped on the wrong side of the debate about transfers in college athletics.

Look, Beilein is not opposed to players transferring. He understands that sometimes is warranted or necessary. There are reasons, though, he is not enamored of them transferring to teams in the same conference.

In an amazing convergence of circumstances, this happened to the Wolverines for the second consecutive season. Point guard Spike Albrecht announced Tuesday he would play for Purdue as a graduate transfer in 2016-17, following by a year the move of former UM teammate Max Bielfeldt to Indiana.