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Monday, April 02, 2007

All That's Left is the Official Presser

It looks like it's as official as official gets: Your next Michigan men's basketball coach will be John Beilein.

From the Ann Arbor News:
West Virginia's John Beilein has agreed to be Michigan's men's basketball coach, four independent sources told The News Monday night.

Reached via phone, Michigan athletic director Bill Martin declined to confirm or deny the story.

Earlier Monday, a source confirmed Michigan had offered Beilein a contract, but said there was no timetable for a decision.

MGoBlog, Michigan Sports Center, and Maize n Brew have each confirmed the report through various sources.

Once the initial explosion of speculation occurred after Amaker's firing cleared out, this apparently became a rather narrow coaching search pretty quickly. But Michigan may not have had much choice once several other jobs opened up around the country. I'm guessing we'll never quite know the truth on that, though perhaps the introductory press conference will be enlightening. Hey, you never know.

By the way, it's not yet clear if Beilein will be introduced tomorrow. The first thing on the coach's agenda for Tuesday is to meet with his West Virginia squad and give them the news first-hand.

Here's some biographical info on Beilein, courtesy of the Ann Arbor News' Nathan Fenno.

From the Take It or Leave It Bureau, the Detroit News' Terry Foster says he hears that Beilein isn't interested in recruiting Detroit or Flint. Yet he doesn't pass along where he's heard such things, either. (Foster also said he heard Beilein may have soured on the Michigan job, which is obviously untrue one day later.)

▪▪ Meanwhile, it's also now being reported that Iowa has hired Butler's Todd Lickliter for their head coaching vacancy. And he will be introduced on Tuesday. (Here's the official announcement from the University of Iowa.) Does that affect how you feel about Michigan's choice, by any chance? Just curious.

Here's more on that from Steve Alford's Hair Gel.

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  • At April 02, 2007 11:44 PM, Blogger Wabi-Sabi said…

    Congratulations on getting the best coach in college basketball.

    I predict he takes Michigan to the Final Four in 5 years or less.

    When Lloyd retires, don't come to Mo-town, WV (Morgantown) to get your next coach, OK?

  • At April 02, 2007 11:49 PM, Blogger Wabi-Sabi said…

    P.S. Thank God for Edgar Renteria or today would REALLY suck.

    It's hard to be too upset on Opening Day when Smoltz pitches another gem in his 20th year with the Braves organization. ;>

  • At April 03, 2007 8:39 AM, Blogger Ian C. said…

    Jim, I think any Michigan basketball fan (those that are left) would be ECSTATIC with a Final Four in five years. Though that seems rather optimistic...

    And here in Detroit, Fernando Rodney kind of ruined Opening Day. Though all the pre-game stuff with the American League championship flag was fun.

  • At April 03, 2007 2:28 PM, Blogger twins15 said…

    I wouldn't say he's quite the best coach in college basketball (as the first commenter said), but I do think it's a very nice hiring for Beilein. He's really smart, and he can get players to fit his system. That helps, because even if he doesn't get the best recruits he can still be successful. I really like Beilein.


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