John Beilein is leaving Michigan to become the next head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. As such, the Wolverines will need to start the search for the next man to lead their program.
Michigan should have options, and many believe there should be a clear-cut first call for the program. Many are suggesting that the Wolverines should try to land Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan.
Donovan, before taking an NBA job, led Florida to two national championships. When he was with the Gators, they were one of the best programs in college basketball.
Donovan was with the Gators from 1996-2015. Before that, he coached at Marshall for two seasons.
For the questions about the next Michigan coach. …
First things first — calls to Billy Donovan, Brad Stevens and Jay Wright. Make them say no. Then the conversation moves to the list in Warde Manuel's pocket. Who's on that? I have no idea.
— Brendan Quinn (@BFQuinn) May 13, 2019
First thought: Billy Donovan to Michigan seems like a win-win for everyone. https://t.co/QcwhekTzre
— Brett Edgerton (@EditorEdge) May 13, 2019
At Florida, Donovan had a 467-186 record with two national titles and four Final Four appearances. He reached at least the Elite Eight in four of his final five seasons.
With the Thunder, he’s made the playoffs in each of his four seasons. That said, his team has lost in the first round three years in a row.
It’ll be interesting to see where Michigan looks for its head coaching hire. The Wolverines will need to hit a home run to sustain their recent success.