Published: Tue, May 14, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

‘Crestfallen’ Rich Eisen pays fantastic tribute to John Beilein

‘Crestfallen’ Rich Eisen pays fantastic tribute to John Beilein

Michigan Wolverines head men's basketball coach John Beilein will leave the college ranks to turn pro himself this fall, the shocking news of his leaving Ann Arbor coming early on Monday.

Beilein officially left MI after 12 years to become coach of the Cavs on Monday. Our fans, alums, leaders, players and students are AMAZING It has been a heck of a ride and I hope you enjoyed our teams and staff as much as I did!Go Blue Forever!

At Michigan, he won Big Ten regular season and tournament championships, made two trips to the national championship game and annually developed under-recruited prospects into potential NBA players.

Beilein replaces Larry Drew, who finished last season after Tyronn Lue was sacked six games into the campaign. The 2018-19 season marked their first season since LeBron James left for a second time and it ended on a 10-game losing streak. He also served an interim head coach with the Rockets after the firing of Kevin McHale.

Beilein also previously coached at Nazareth College in Rochester, West Virginia University, Canisius College in Buffalo and Richmond University.

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The Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic both pursued Beilein during their coaching searches previous year, but he chose to remain in Ann Arbor.

Following the hiring, Cleveland will now shift its focus to Tuesday's draft lottery, where it owns a 14 percent chance of landing the top overall pick. Owner Dan Gilbert lives and works in Detroit and, despite his Michigan State loyalties, has long admired Beilein's work.

"Everybody will be anxious", Love said in April.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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