This morning has begun with breaking news in the NBA, as John Beilein has left the Michigan Wolverines to become the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s a move that has left most basketball fans in a state of shock.
Beilein quickly became one of the elite coaches in college basketball. He leaves the program with a 278-150 record and two appearances in the Final Four.
Michigan is always known for its football history, but Beilein elevated the basketball program to new heights. Top recruits have chosen the Wolverines over other schools due to his success.
The jump from the NCAA to the NBA will place Beilein in unchartered waters, yet it’s possible he can eventually put Cleveland on the right path.
Nonetheless, it’s surprising to see Beilein actually leave the Wolverines after three-straight runs to the Sweet 16 or better.
Judging off the reactions on Twitter, it might take time for college basketball fans to process this signing by the Cavaliers.
Quick thoughts: Dan gets the Cavs better and Michigan worse. After missing on big names in the past, he finally swung big and hit. Have to think Gansey connection was huge here. I think John Beilein is one of the best basketball coaches in the world. 66 years old. 1st time in NBA
— Aaron Goldhammer (@HammerNation19) May 13, 2019
BREAKING: John Beilein to the Cavs!!! 5-year Deal. Wow!
— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) May 13, 2019
John Beilein is a saint. He doesn’t have a number, so his jersey can’t be retired, but can we retire a squirt gun or something?
That man resurrected a long-dormant Michigan basketball program and did it the right way in an era where basically everyone else does it the wrong way.
— Scott Bell (@sbell021) May 13, 2019
Although it’s an unfortunate day for Michigan faithful, the opposite can be said for those in Cleveland.
The Cavaliers may have found a coach that can properly develop their young talent, whereas the Wolverines must find a new coach worthy of replacing their former leader.