Tunning news shocked the college basketball world on Monday, May 13, with reports that longtime Michigan basketball coach John Beilein is moving on. NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski dropped the Wojbomb that Beilein has agreed to leave Ann Arbor after receiving a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Beilein reportedly informed his players on Monday morning after agreeing to a five-year deal.
“Michigan’s John Beilein has agreed to a five-year deal to become coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources tell ESPN,” Wojnarowski wrote on Twitter. “Talks escalated over the weekend, with a deal reached on Sunday, league sources tell ESPN. Beilein informed his administration on Monday morning of his decision to make leap to NBA, and is telling his players now.”
The 66-year-old Beilein has been the head coach of the Wolverines since 2007, leading Michigan to NCAA tournament Final Four appearances in 2013 and 2018, a 2007 NIT Championship, and two Big Ten championships. In Cleveland, Beilein will be replacing former coach Tyronn Lue and interim coach Larry Drew.
Beilein holds head coaching record of 754-425 after stops at Le Moyne, Canisius, Richmond, West Virginia, and Michigan.
Now, the veteran head coach will be taking over a Cleveland Cavaliers team that is fresh off of a 19-63 record as they attempt to once again rebuild. If everything goes right for Beilein, however, he could begin his NBA coaching career with the No. 1 overall pick and former Duke star Zion Williamson.