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John Beilein Addresses Future At Michigan After Considering Jump To NBA

Head coach John Beilein of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during practice before the 2018 Men's NCAA Final Four.

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 30: Head coach John Beilein of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during practice before the 2018 Men's NCAA Final Four at the Alamodome on March 30, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Michigan head coach John Beilein is a college basketball lifer. Despite a recent dalliance with the NBA, it appears that he'll stay that way.

Beilein was a surprise candidate for the Detroit Pistons opening. He was reportedly one of the final three names for the job, but pulled his name out of the running.

On Wednesday, Beilein took to Twitter to announce that he is staying at Michigan. He is fresh off of his second national championship game appearance with the Wolverines in the last five years.

If he has his way, Michigan will be the only place he'll coach from here on out. Beilein says that he wants to retire at UM.

From the Detroit Free-Press:

“It became very clear to me where I was meant to finish coaching,” Beilein told the Free Press on Thursday after a speaking engagement in Ann Arbor. “If you followed my career, it was ‘you’ve built this up, you’ve got it right and you leave the program in better shape than you found it.’ And then go and do it again somewhere else.

“I wasn’t offered the (Pistons) job. I was a finalist, but I wasn’t offered the job. And I decided rather than to go through it more, I knew where I needed to be.”

John Beilein has been at Michigan since 2007. He is 248-143, with eight NCAA Tournament appearances.

He is currently working on a new contract that will keep him at Michigan until retirement. From the piece:

“That’s the whole idea,” Beilein said. “My plan is to coach out (the new contract). I always tell recruits ‘things change,’ but that’s my plan right now. I’ve been telling everybody that for a long time, but as long as I feel good.

“We all know we’re not going to coach forever, but I think I’ll know. I won’t ever think there’s a good time to leave. But I’ve got (a lot left to give).”

Beilein's Wolverines have been national runners-up twice, along with an Elite Eight appearance in 2014, and a Sweet 16 in 2017.

Former Toronto Raptors head coach and reigning NBA Coach of the Year Dwane Casey is reportedly the favorite to land the Pistons job. San Antonio Spurs assistant Ime Udoka has also been connected to the job.

[Detroit Free-Press]