After two seasons of rumors and speculations circling around University of Michigan head coach John Beilein, it is now confirmed that the 66-year-old will be heading to the NBA.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly hired Beilein as their new head coach, after 12 seasons at the school.
Reported from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Nick Baumgardner of the Detroit Free Press, Beilein’s contract with Cleveland is worth for five years. He has also started to inform his players this morning that he is leaving the team.
Free Press can confirm John Beilein is leaving Michigan to become the new coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Started to tell his players this morning.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) May 13, 2019
The now-former head basketball coach has led the Wolverines to the NCAA Tournament in all but two seasons. His overall record record at Michigan was 278-150.
Beilein has led Michigan to two Big Ten regular season titles and two Big Tournament titles.
He also led his teams to the Final Four and National Championship game twice during his tenure, losing in the title game to both Louisville in 2013 (who’s title is now vacated), and Villanova in 2018.
Beilein has not returned back for comment on his situation from the public yet, but has informed the university’s athletic director Warde Manuel that is leaving the school for the NBA.
Per source: After Beilein's talks with the Pistons last year, AD Warde Manuel became convinced JB would leave if/when another NBA offer came. Has had a short list ready since that time.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) May 13, 2019
Not a money decision. Beilein wanted to coach in the NBA. https://t.co/sNkwAZn1OH