With the shocking announcement that John Beilein would be leaving Michigan for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Wolverines have started scrambling to find a high-quality replacement. Having been one of the hottest coaching prospects available this year, Nate Oats naturally came to mind.
But the newly-minted Alabama head coach appears to have little interest in leaving the post he was just hired for. Oats told Alabama sports writer Cecil Hurt that he is fine at Alabama and working to get his family settle.
Instead, Oats gave a recommendation for the Michigan job: Saddi Washington, his former assistant at Romulus high school and current assistant to the Wolverines.
“We love it at Alabama. Completely focused on our job there and getting our family moved down there. I hope my former assistant at Romulus, Saddi Washington, who’s been with Beilein the longest at Michigan gets a shot at the job. Roll Tide”
Oats was hired by the Crimson Tide following a wildly successful four-year tenure at Buffalo.
In his four years, Oats led the team to two MAC regular season titles and three tournament titles. The Bulls made it to the NCAA Tournament Round of 32 in back-to-back seasons.
Michigan's head coaching job was vacated early on Monday morning when it was revealed that Beilein would be the new head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He leaves Michigan having led the Wolverines to two Final Fours, two Big Ten regular season titles, and two Big Ten Tournament titles.