Talks have built up throughout the weekend with an agreement coming together on Sunday. Beilein informed Michigan administration and players of his decision to join the NBA Monday morning.
Beilein has been touted as one of the best offensive minds in college hoops, spending 12 seasons with the Wolverines as head coach. With Michigan, he led the two Final Fours along with winning four Big Ten Tournament and regular season titles with an overall record of 278-150. Before Beilein grew into the legend he became in Michigan, he spent time plying his trade through every rank in collegiate basketball as a head coach, including spending time with the Richmond Spiders before moving on to West Virginia.
The Cavaliers see Beilein, 66, as a “culture driver” when discussing him in the hiring process. With the team currently in a rebuilding process developing young burgeoning stars in Cedi Osman and Collin Sexton, Beilein can be seen as a coach that can still mold them in high pick-and-roll situations. There’s also the appeal of having the potential #1 overall pick in the NBA draft, which will be revealed in the Draft lottery Tuesday evening.