One assumes that Michigan was nearly as blindsided as everybody else about John Beilein, at 66 years outdated and with no rumors that he was even interviewing for the gig, taking the Cavs’ head teaching job.
Whereas I listed 5 candidates to exchange Beilein on the comparatively sensible spectrum, I’m kicking myself for lacking the potential house run rent: Billy Donovan, whom Jeff Goodman of Stadium picked as his finest guess to get the job.
Donovan gained two nationwide championships at Florida and he’s caught in a holding sample in Oklahoma Metropolis the place Russell Westbrook and Paul George are adequate to get the Thunder into the playoffs however not nice sufficient to get them out of the primary spherical.
Who might actually know what Donovan is feeling in his coronary heart, however Michigan is nearly nearly as good a scenario that exists in faculty basketball, only a smidge beneath Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Kansas. You have got a deep-pocketed establishment with passionate followers, a program that lately reached two NCAA finals, sponsorship from Nike’s Jordan model, and rather less strain than you’d have at any of the aforementioned blue bloods since soccer comes first in Ann Arbor.
Earlier than Michigan whittles down the listing of who they need to get for the job, they need to make Donovan a suggestion that’s profoundly troublesome for him to refuse.