CLOSE Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel 'surprised' by John Beilein's departure to Cleveland Cavaliers, May 13, 2019.
Not necessarily because John Beilein's departure from the University of Michigan spells the end of perhaps the most prosperous and pride-filling era in the history of its men's basketball program.
Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel, who commenced his national search for a replacement immediately after Beilein informed him Monday of his plans to leave for the Cleveland Cavaliers, can hire a good coach.
(Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press) To win with a sparkling clean reputation in an environment where rampant cheating lurks, in a sport that sees promising rosters raided early by the NBA, in front of a fan base that took great pride in the fact its head coach was a pillar of ethical behavior in an environment mostly absent of exactly that.
It took Beilein six years to firmly establish Michigan as a national force in college basketball again.