It is a sad and confusing day to be a Wolverine fan. Early Monday morning John Beilein made the decision of leaving his high profiled career in Ann Arbor, Michigan to join the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA who recently finished 19-63 with good odds of getting the number one overall pick in the lottery on Tuesday.
Beilein’s deal is for five yearsand he took the time on twitter Monday to reach out to all of his fans. “Thanks to everyone at the Univ of Michigan for their incredible support these last 12 years. Our fans , alums , leaders, players and students are AMAZING It has been a heck of a ride and I hope you enjoyed our teams and staff as much as I did !Go Blue Forever ! #GoBlue”
What Beilein is leaving behind is a roster that will compete in the Big10. As Charles Matthews and Jordan Poole likely leave their name in the NBA draft, Ignas Brazdeikis draft decision could come down to Beilein leaving. Michigan also brings back names like Jon Teske, Isaiah Livers, Zavier Simpson, Eli Brooks and David DeJulius.
What he is taking on is a roster that has potential but has not had a good leader. Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., Collin Sexton, and we can’t forget JR Smith. With these players plus a top three picking coming their way (more than likely either Zion, RJ Barrett or Ja Morant) they can really look positive for the future in Cleveland as they are getting a very good coach with a lot of experience.
Beilein’s coaching career includes coaching since 1975. He coached high school ball, junior colleges and has combined coaching division one basketball since 1992. He spent 1992-1997 at Canisius, 1997-2002 at Richmond, 2002-2007 at West Virginia, and 2007-2019 at Michigan. He is 754-425 during his time in college. He did not win a title but his accomplishments include 2 final fours (13′, 18′) two regular season Big Ten titles and two Big Ten tournament titles.
Only time will tell what this means for Michigan and their future in recruiting. This year they will bring in two top recruits, Jalen Wilson a four star recruit from Texas and Cole Bajema a four star recruit from Washington. Some names that have been thought of for the head coaching vacancy include promoting assistants Luke Yaklich or Saddi Washington, Laval Jordan (former Michigan assistant who is now coaching at Butler), Porter Moser (Loyola-Chicago head coach), Juwan Howard (former member of fab fivea dn Miami Heat assistant), or Rick Pitino. These are all nams that come to ind but don’t be surprised if a power-five conference head coach decides to walk out on his team for this opportunity.
For Michigan fans now, sit back and just wait to see what happens. It is a sad day to see the end of an era and hopefully only goes up for Big Blue fans this season.