Michigan's Beilein agrees to become Cavs' coach

Tanya Simon
May 14, 2019

University of MI spokesman Tom Wywrot confirmed Belein is leaving the school. Beilein offered his thanks in a tweet.

Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news Monday morning. Per Wojnarowski, the Cavs have been internally using the term "culture driver" when speaking of the possibility of hiring Beilein.

Beilein helped mold the Wolverines into one of the nation's most consistent college programs, leading them to nine NCAA Tournament appearances in 12 years and two national championship games since 2013.

After spending more than 10 years as an assistant with Charlotte, Minnesota and Houston, Bickerstaff was named interim head coach with the Rockets before moving on to Memphis as an associate for the 2016-17 campaign.

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Beilein didn't want to move himself and his wife far from MI, and the Pistons' borderline playoff roster with little financial flexibility to make changes made staying in-state less appealing.

Beilein is replacing Larry Drew, who was named head coach after Tyronn Lue was sacked.

Beilein will take over a Cavaliers franchise that fired Tyronn Lue after an 0-6 start and opted not to bring back Larry Drew after the team finished 19-63. The team says they are in the rebuilding process.

Vardon added that Beilein really believes he has an opportunity to "mold" the Cavs, much like he did at West Virginia in the early 2000s. Owner Dan Gilbert lives and works in Detroit and, despite his Michigan State loyalties, has long admired Beilein's work.

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