Men's Basketball

John Beilein, former Michigan men’s basketball head coach accomplished 9 NCAA Tournament appearances, 2 Big Ten Tournament championships, 2 Final Four appearances and many more achievements during his time at Michigan.

And regardless of what the future holds, Beilein will always be remembered as the coach who brought Michigan back to soaring heights, the coach who firmly implanted a new culture and the coach who did things the right way — in every sense of the word.

Michigan's coaching staff will have to work to retain recruits after John Beilein's departure.

Wilson, a four-star forward and top-50 player per 247Sports’ composite ranking, affirmed his commitment to Michigan, saying assistant coaches Luke Yaklich and Saddi Washington both called him for reassurance on Monday afternoon. He also talked with Cole Bajema, the Wolverines’ other 2019 commit, who he said has no plans to back out as of now.

Beilein's departure leaves a short window for athletic director Warde Manuel to fill the vacancy.

ROSEMONT, Ill. — At 8:15 this morning, Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel was surprised — along with the rest of the country — to find out that Michigan coach John Beilein would be leaving the program after 12 years to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers.  

Athletic Director Warde Manuel must find a replacement for John Beilein.

At Monday’s Big Ten meetings, Manuel acknowledged he prepared for this moment since Beilein was in talks with the Detroit Pistons last year. Knowing the coach’s possibility to ascend to the pro ranks despite a virtual lifetime contract signed last summer, a shortlist of candidates has been at the ready.

It’s what Manuel does with this shortlist, and the results which stem from the impending decision, that will define his career at Michigan.

John Beilein will become head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

John Beilein will leave Michigan to become the new coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The news has also been confirmed by a Michigan spokesperson, who had no further comment at the time.

Jordan Poole announces staying in NBA Draft.

After two years on the Michigan men's basketball team, sophomore guard Jordan Poole has decided to forgo his remaining eligibility and remain in the 2019 NBA Draft.

In the past six years, John Beilein has led the men's basketball team to four NCAA Tournaments and two title games.

“He was very firm that Michigan should be a premier program,” Novak said, “and we needed to build the foundation to get back to where it should be.”

When a season like this one can be considered disappointing, that’s exactly where Michigan is.

Ignas Brazdeikis, Jordan Poole and Charles Matthews will enter the NBA Draft.

The freshman forward told ESPN’s Jonathan Givony on Tuesday afternoon that he will hire an agent and enter the NBA Draft. And he’ll be followed by Jordan Poole and Charles Matthews. All three intend to sign with agents, per a release from the program.

Sophomore guard Jordan Poole struggled in Michigan's season-ending loss to Texas Tech.

Haynes, the Wolverines’ go-to players coach, appeared to offer up a few words of support. But Poole, head wrapped in one last March Madness towel and eyes buried in Haynes’ shoulder, had no need for words. His trademark optimism, pervasive to the last possible moment, was gone, replaced by the tears of unfilled expectations.

When John Beilein was first hired in 2007, Michigan hadn’t seen an NCAA Tournament bid in nine years, something that is now a regular occurrence  for Beilein's teams.

So if we don’t remember the 2018-19 Wolverines in the same way we remember other great Wolverine teams of recent years, we’ll still remember them. Not as a moment, necessarily, but as a group of the greatest era of Michigan basketball history.

Even without the titles. Even without the single enduring image. Even without NCAA Tournament glory.

This was a damn good Michigan basketball team. It deserves to be remembered that way.