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John Beilein: Leaving Michigan For Pistons Would Have Been 'Tough' Decision

Head coach John Beilein of the Michigan Wolverines looks on before taking on the Texas A&M Aggies.

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 22: Head coach John Beilein of the Michigan Wolverines looks on before taking on the Texas A&M Aggies in the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament West Regional at Staples Center on March 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

John Beilein was a surprising inclusion in the Detroit Pistons' recent coaching search. Fresh off of a run to the national championship game, Beilein was one of the finalists for the position.

He was never offered the job. Eventually, it went to reigning NBA Coach of the Year Dwane Casey, who was fired by the Toronto Raptors after his team was drubbed by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs.

Beilein has renewed his dedication to Michigan. He says it is where he is "meant to finish coaching."

That doesn't mean the NBA wasn't a serious allure. Had the Pistons offered him the job, there's a decent chance he might have made the leap.

John Beilein said that if offered, the Pistons job would have been a "tough" decision.

From the Associated Press:

"I never really had to make the decision," the Michigan coach said. "That would have been a tough one."

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"I was not offered the job by the Pistons," Beilein said. "We certainly had some mutual interest. I think they had a great candidate in Dwane Casey."

At this point, it doesn't sound like Michigan fans should worry too much going forward. At 65, it will get more unlikely that he will want to make a big change going forward.

Beilein has never coached at in the NBA. Going back to 1975, every job he has held has been at the high school or college levels.

[Associated Press]