John Beilein is out as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers after a little over half of a season in charge. At 67 years old, he's no spring chicken, but should still have a number of years of coaching left in him if he wants to keep going. With that in mind, there's at least one top-flight school that could make a run at Beilein if he returns to college.
Multiple analysts have taken to Twitter to advocate for Beilein joining the Texas Longhorns. That sentiment is being shared by a number of Longhorns fans on social media.
Texas is currently 14-10 on the season under fifth-year head coach Shaka Smart. Having missed the NCAA Tournament twice in his first four years, missing the tournament in 2020 could see him fired.
In that scenario, Beilein would be an ideal candidate for a team looking to make a big splash. The fact that Luke Yaklich, Beilein's top assistant at Michigan, is already under contract in Austin can't hurt the Longhorns' pitch either.
Beilein is 754-425 as a head coach dating back to his 1982 debut with Nazareth in DIII.
He has shown a talent for leading quick turnarounds. Beilein brought the likes of Canisius, Richmond, and West Virginia to the NCAA Tournament before Michigan hired him in 2007.
In his 12 years with Michigan, Beilein led the Wolverines to two Big Ten regular season and Tournament titles.
He took the Wolverines to the NCAA Tournament nine times. They made five trips to the Sweet 16, three to the Elite Eight, and were runner-ups twice.
As for Texas, they haven't made it to the Sweet 16 since 2008. With Baylor and Texas Tech emerging as better challengers to Kansas' dominance in recent years, now would be the time for the Longhorns to try and make a big splash.
Would John Beilein and Texas be a good fit?