‘Crestfallen’ Rich Eisen pays wonderful tribute to John Beilein

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Four-star Jalen Wilson signed with Michigan

It was reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Monday that the head coaching search has concluded, though, as Cleveland and former MI head coach John Beilein agreed on a five-year deal. "Beilein informed his administration on Monday morning of his decision to make leap to National Basketball Association, and is telling his players now".

John Beilein emerged as the favorite to fill the Cleveland Cavaliers head coaching vacancy after meeting in person with Dan Gilbert while Koby Altman interviewed candidates in Denver.

Beilein tweeted his thanks Monday to Michigan's players and fans.

Beilein, 66, spent five seasons coaching the Mountaineers, from 2002-07.

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

He replaces Larry Drew, who steered the team through countless injuries and other challenges as the Cavs finished 19-63. Per Wojnarowski, the Cavs have been internally using the term "culture driver" when speaking of the possibility of hiring Beilein.

"He remains a sought-after top assistant on market", Wojnarowski reported. Star forward Kevin Love underwent foot surgery in November, effectively ending any thought the Cavaliers entertained of competing for a playoff spot.

But with two first-round picks and some solid veterans already on the roster, perhaps Beilein views this as the best opportunity.

We understand the skepticism, but this is a good move that could wind up looking great if the lottery gods strike again Tuesday night.

I have no idea who the Wolverines will get next, but it's a premier job. "We improved in a lot of different areas and a lot of individual areas".

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