John Beilein: ‘I was meant to finish coaching’ at MI


After visiting with the Detroit Pistons twice about their recent head coaching opening, MI men's basketball's all-time wins leader announced Wednesday that he'll remain in Ann Arbor.

John Beilein has been a college basketball coach for 40 years, and he isn't going to switch tracks now.

"It became very clear to me where I was meant to finish coaching", Beilein told the Free Press.

Udoka was scheduled to meet with Gores on Wednesday in a second meeting with the organization, sources said.

Next season will be Beilein's 12th at MI.

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In 11 seasons as the team's head coach, Beilein brought the Wolverines to the NCAA tournament eight times and the national title game twice - though both ended in defeat.

Beilein and MI are finalizing a contract extension, according to Brendan Quinn of The Athletic.

The new deal also comes with a rolling extension that keeps Beilein's contract at five years. He's said repeatedly his intention is to ensure Beilein one day retires at MI. U-M has not released any information about a potential extension, though it's clear athletic director Warde Manuel is working on one. Beilein has won a pair of Big Ten championships and two Big Ten Tournament titles.

The flirtation between John Beilein and the Detroit Pistons is over.