University of Michigan head coach John Beilein was believed to be a finalist for the Pistons‘ coaching job, but no longer appears to be in the running for the position. In a tweet today, Beilein announced that he intends to remain with the Wolverines.
“I love the University of Michigan and I am excited about coaching our Men’s Basketball Team next season and in the years to come!” Beilein wrote. “Let’s go hang some more banners at ‘THE GREATEST UNIVERSITY IN THE WORLD’
Beilein was one of three candidates said to be receiving serious consideration from the Pistons as they seek a replacement for Stan Van Gundy. Spurs assistant Ime Udoka and former Raptors head coach Dwane Casey are the only finalists in the mix, with Casey believed to be the frontrunner. Casey reportedly met with Pistons ownership on Tuesday, while Udoka is doing so today.
Michigan’s head coach since 2007, Beilein led his team to appearances in title games in both 2013 and 2018, and will remain with the program going forward. He had met with Pistons owner Tom Gores last month to discuss the coaching vacancy in Detroit.