John Beilein interviewed with the Detroit Pistons but decided his heart was at the University of Michigan.
In a podcast session with NCAA.com’s Andy Katz, Beilein said, “The best thing for me right now is to stay put, and just continue to grow the Michigan program so that we can have more success in the future.”
Before the Pistons hired Dwane Casey on Monday, Beilein was considered the top candidate for the opening created when Stan Van Gundy was fired as coach and vice president of basketball operations.
Beilein said in announcing he was staying at Michigan, “Let’s go hang some more banners.”
But Beilein pulled back after what he described as five days of drama that followed the initial ESPN’s report from Adrian Wojnarowski that there was mutual interest.
“I didn’t want this be one of these things: ‘Hey, the NBA called me.’ I didn’t want it to be that way,” Beilein told The Athletic. “I wanted it to be, ‘Hey, let’s talk, let’s listen. If it’s a good match, great. If it’s not, it’s not.’ But then I hated the drama. I hated the attention on myself.”
This spring, Beilein guided Michigan to the national championship game, where his club lost 79-62 to Villanova.
Beilein is under contract with Michigan through the 2020-21 season at $3.37 million annually. He also said recently that he and the university were working on a contract extension.
The Wolverines set a school record for victories while going 33-8 last season. Beilein is 248-143 in 11 seasons at Michigan, twice losing in the title game.
The 248 victories are a school record.
–Field Level Media