MI basketball coach John Beilein leaving for the NBA

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If you hate MI, you probably had a soft spot for Beilein even if he did steal a few wins from MSU along the way. He tweeted his thanks to the school, fans, students and players Monday morning.

Beilein is a decorated NCAA coach with a pair of Final Four appearances and four Big Ten titles on his resume. News of Beilein's hiring surfaced Monday morning. After almost thirty years and 571 wins in Division I basketball, Beilein will attempt to test his mettle at the game's highest level with a team facing one of the biggest turnaround efforts in the league. After 12 years at MI, perhaps he thought the time was right to take a stab at the pro game.

Beilein had flirted with National Basketball Association jobs in the past, most notably the Detroit Pistons job last summer, but this came out of nowhere. The Cavs won just 19 games this past season. His college coaching career began in 1978 at Erie Community College, going from there to Nazareth and then Le Moyne.

Three Cavaliers (excluding Cleveland's two 2019 NBA Draft selections) should benefit early on from Beilein's offensive influence. An NBA lifer as his top assistant would obviously be a prudent move.

Altman had been intrigued by Beilein and Cavs assistant GM Mike Gansey played under Beilein at West Virginia.

Beilein will inherit a young Cleveland team that includes All-Star forward Kevin Love and point guard Collin Sexton, who had a strong rookie season. But despite starting over, and despite untold injuries, Cleveland emerged from a rough season excited about the future.

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