The NCAA Basketball coaching legend is expected to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers by the end of the season. Where could John Beilein land?
John Beilein shocked the NCAA Basketball world when he decided to leave Michigan to be the head coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers back in May. Now, it looks like he could be headed back.
According to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Beilein will be leaving the team either before the end of the All-Star break or at the end of the season. The 67-year-old is reportedly unhappy coaching in the NBA and hasn’t been able or willing to adjust to the NBA world.
While Beilein is said to be considering all of his options, including retirement, this news has instantly made him perhaps the hottest coaching name on the market for all potential college openings.
Beilein’s resume at the college level speaks for itself. He has won 571 games at the Division 1 level, ranked in the top 50 all-time, with Richmond, West Virginia, and Michigan. Beilein led the Wolverines to two national championship games with the most recent coming in 2018 – showing he can still coach at a remarkably high level.
That said, he is certainly on the back-end of his career given his age. There also isn’t expected to be as many openings as there was last year when noted programs UCLA and UConn made coaching changes, along with four teams in the SEC and many others around the country.
So, if Beilein does decide to return the college ranks, what are his most likely landing spots? Here are the five that appear to make the most sense.