John Beilein has been one of college basketball’s greatest coaches over the last decade, building Michigan into one of the country’s premier programs, but his reign in Ann Arbor has shockingly come to an end this morning.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are hiring the longtime Michigan head coach in a stunning move first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Beilein, 66, had been at Michigan since 2007, leading the Wolverines to two Final Fours, but he had reportedly grown tired of aspects of the college game.
ESPN had more details on his decision to leave:
Beilein has run model programs in the college, free of scandal and impropriety. In recent years, he’s become increasingly frustrated with the nature of college basketball recruiting and the retention of top players. The impending loss of freshman Ignas Brazdiekis with Charles Matthews and Jordan Poole to the NBA draft dented what might have been a national championship contender.
Beilein is reportedly receiving a five-year deal from the Cavs. An official announcement on the hire could come shortly.
Michigan, meanwhile, was reportedly informed of Beilein’s “firm” decision this morning.
John Beilein told Michigan this morning of his firm plans to leave and become the new coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Michigan's all-time winningest coach is headed to the NBAhttps://t.co/sNkwAZn1OH
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) May 13, 2019
Michigan is expected to release a statement on the move at some point in the near future. At this point, it’s unclear where the Wolverines will go with their next hire.