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December 13, 2012
Beilein will retire as a Wolverine
Michigan head coach John Beilein will remain Michigan head coach John Beilein until his retirement. The admitted "coaching nomad" said as much during a Wednesday conference call previewing the Wolverines' game vs. his former team, West Virginia, Saturday in Brooklyn.
Beilein took the Mountaineers to new heights before accepting the Michigan job, but he was ready for one last move.
"The big things I said way back then was there was an opportunity to go to the University of Michigan, and it was a great opportunity," Beilein said. But I also cherished what I had at West Virginia, and sometimes you can't have both.
"I love rebuilding programs. I wanted to do one more, and the University of Michigan ended up being that choice."
Beilein is already in his sixth year at U-M. He lead the program to its first NCAA Tournament berth in 11 years in his second season, won a Big Ten title last year and has the Wolverines at 10-0, ranked No. 3 in the country heading into Saturday's game at the Barclays Center. He and his staff continue to recruit extremely well, making the future look extremely positive.
He plans to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
"There is no other [rebuilding project]," he said. "It's been a great journey so far to have been a bit of a nomadic coach and change several times, but there is a time when you say, 'OK, I really want to stay with this one and make the most of it.'"
Playing his former team will be "a bit unique," he added, even though nobody he coached is still on the WVU roster.
"I can't say I'm excited about any game at any time, because I'm always trying to just be prepared for any game at any time," he said. "The excitement comes when the game begins. Certainly, we would not be playing this game if I had not approved of playing this game. Because of the respect that I have for West Virginia and Bob Huggins, we're playing this game."