John Beilein’s shot at the NBA flamed out in pretty spectacular fashion. Just a few days after the All-Star break, he resigned as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It didn’t take long for word to come out that Beilein and his locker room were not meshing. After the “thugs/slugs” controversy a few months ago, it became clear that he wasn’t long for the NBA. It is hard to argue with what he accomplished as longtime college head coach at West Virginia and Michigan. Most believe he will resurface pretty quickly at a top program.
After his departure from Cleveland, four schools emerged with the best odds to land Beilein. Texas has had by far the most discussion, with Shaka Smart struggling in Austin. The Longhorns were +500 for the 67-year old coach just over a week ago. The others in that group: Boston College (+300), Georgia Tech (+700), and Wake Forest (+800).
The three ACC programs could open, though Georgia Tech has played better as of late. As of that odds release, the Yellow Jackets knocked off the Demon Deacons and Clemson Tigers, with a narrow loss at Syracuse in between. According to college basketball insider Jeff Goodman, Boston College and Wake Forest remain real options for Beilein.
Coaching Carousel Cheat Sheet:
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— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) February 28, 2020
His flameout with the Cavaliers was embarrassing, but John Beilein would be an A++ hire for either the Eagles or Demon Deacons. From his column:
The 67-year-old Beilein parted ways with the Cleveland Cavaliers at the NBA All-Star break, and now the question becomes whether he retires or comes back to college. From talking to several people close to him, my money is on him coaching again. Beilein, who took Michigan to the national title game in 2013 and 2018, will likely have his pick of anything that opens … if he wants it. “I don’t think he wants to go out this way,” said a source close to Beilein. “I think he’ll coach in college again.” Wake Forest and Boston College could be in play.
Both programs have really struggled in recent years. Boston College hasn’t really been the same since Al Skinner was fired at the end of the 2010 season. The Eagles last made the NCAA Tournament the year before, and hasn’t been to a Sweet 16 since 2006.
Wake Forest has had some moments of dominance, and has produced players like Tim Duncan and Chris Paul. The team made the NCAA Tournament in 2017, but that was its only berth since 2010. Danny Manning is just 77-108 at Wake, with a 29-78 ACC record in 5+ years. The team is coming off of back-to-back 11-20 (4-14) seasons, and is 12-15 (5-12) this year.
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