Wochit, Wochit ROSEMONT, Ill. — Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith has been in Warde Manuel's shoes before.
Manuel, Michigan's athletic director, is currently in the process of finding a new head coach to replace John Beilein, who left for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday.
Like Manuel, who was somewhat prepared for Beilein's departure based on his interest in the Detroit Pistons' head coaching job last summer, Smith had a contingency plan in place for both the football and basketball programs.
Here are some Michigan coaching candidates] During that time, Smith says he leaned on the support of a search firm.
He thinks Beilein elevated the platform of Michigan and the head coaching job, and he thinks that it's "a place that somebody's going to want to coach."