Tom Izzo and John Beilein went head-to-head many times during Beilein's tenure as head coach of the Michigan Wolverines. But the longstanding rivalry between the two coaches came to an abrupt end last year when Beilein left to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers. After Beilein resigned from Cleveland last week, Izzo had some thoughts on what happened to his former rival.
In a recent interview, Izzo revealed that he hasn't been able to talk to Beilein since his ousting. Though Izzo did clarify that he called Beilein to try and talk to him.
Izzo lamented how difficult it must have been for Beilein to transition from college to the NBA. He revealed that he's been told that you have to be able to handle losing when hired by bad teams.
But the Spartans head coach also made it clear that he feels what Beilein went through in Cleveland was a joke.
Beilein resigned after a 14-40 start, making him the first head coach since Randy Ayres to be ousted in his first full-year as an NBA head coach.
Prior to taking over at Cleveland, Beilein had nearly four decades of experience at the college level. During his coaching career, Beilein led Canisius, Richmond, and West Virginia to the NCAA Tournament before being hired by Michigan.
At Michigan, Beilein took the Wolverines to the Tournament nine times, and were two-time runner-ups.