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This Coach Might Be The Favorite To Replace John Beilein At Michigan If He Leaves

Head coach John Beilein of the Michigan Wolverines shouts out instructions during the second half of the game against the Arizona Wildcats at Crisler Center.

ANN ARBOR, MI - DECEMBER 14: Head coach John Beilein of the Michigan Wolverines shouts out instructions during the second half of the game against the Arizona Wildcats at Crisler Center on December 14, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Arizona defeated Michigan 72-70. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Sorry, Michigan fans, but it's true: The Wolverines might have to be conducting a head coaching search for its men's basketball program in the near future. John Beilein is being heavily linked to an NBA vacancy.

ESPN is reporting that the Wolverines' head coach is one of the top candidates for the Detroit Pistons job. He's reportedly already interviewed for the job and is set to meet with ownership.

"(Former Toronto head coach Dwayne) Casey and Beilein are coaches with tremendous pedigrees and professional options, and neither has fully committed himself in pursuit of the Pistons opening, league sources said.

Beilein has turned down NBA overtures in the past, and college coaches can stay only so long in process that is playing out in the public eye," ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

So, if Beilein does end up leaving, who would Michigan hire to replace him? One coach stands out as the best fit.

Butler head coach LaVall Jordan might be the favorite to land the job if Beilein ends up leaving for the NBA.

Jordan, 39, is a former Michigan assistant. He was with the Wolverines from 2010-16 before leaving to become Milwaukee's head coach. He spent one year there before getting the Butler job.

The former Michigan assistant led Butler to an NCAA Tournament berth this past season. He's young and familiar with the Wolverines' program. Going from Beilein to him would likely be a pretty seamless transition.

Would you be OK with that hire, Michigan fans, or would you want someone else?