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Michigan's Coaching Search Might Be Down To 2 Candidates

The Michigan Wolverines cheerleaders pose before the 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game against the Villanova Wildcats.

SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 02: The Michigan Wolverines cheerleaders pose before the 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game against the Villanova Wildcats at the Alamodome on April 2, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Michigan basketball's search for a new head coach appears to be closing in, with two major candidates seeming to emerge for the job.

The Wolverines' coaching search isn't officially down to two men, but based on this week's interviews, it might be.

Michigan is reportedly set to interview an NBA assistant coach and a Big East head coach this week, per reports.

"The Michigan basketball coaching search isn't quite down to two people -- Ed Cooley and Juwan Howard -- but it's getting close. Warde Manuel interviewed Cooley today, Howard tomorrow," Bob Wojnowski reports.

Wojnowski added that the timing of Michigan's search isn't ideal. We're well into the offseason and several of college basketball's top head coaching candidates have already taken new jobs. Others are more settled into their positions. "Timing of the Michigan search is a real issue. Coaches less willing to break commitments with current schools at this late date. Warde Manuel with big challenge on his hands," he reports.

Michigan is a top 10-15 job and should be capable of landing a very solid next head coach. Replacing Beilein will be difficult, of course, but both Howard and Cooley are hires that should excite the fan base.