DETROIT (TNS) — John Beilein is staying at Michigan.
After visiting with the Detroit Pistons twice about their head coach opening, Michigan basketball's all-time wins leader announced Wednesday that he'll remain in Ann Arbor.
"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 via Twitter on Wednesday.
A source told the Free Press that Beilein had dinner with Pistons owner Tom Gores and members of his search team in Los Angeles before Memorial Day. He had a second interview with the franchise last Thursday. He was not offered the Pistons job. Gores, per a source, met with former Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey on Tuesday before meeting with San Antonio Spurs assistant Ime Udoka on Wednesday.
Beilein informed Michigan's roster about his meeting with the Pistons, a source told the Free Press. He also kept recent 2019 4-star commit Jalen Wilson, who picked the Wolverines just a week ago, updated on the situation.
Michigan's head coach will return to Ann Arbor after taking the Wolverines to a second national title game in six years. He has guided the Wolverines to two Big Ten championships, two Big Ten tournament titles, two Final Fours, two national title games and is currently the program's all-time wins leader at 248-143.
He'll bring back a core of players, including second-leading scorer Charles Matthews, starting point guard Zavier Simpson, big man Jon Teske and sophomores Isaiah Livers and Jordan Poole. Michigan also will welcome in the country's No. 11-ranked recruiting class, highlighted by touted forwards Brandon Johns and Ignas Brazdeikis.
Michigan will have to replace leading scorer Moritz Wagner and senior co-captains Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Duncan Robinson. But with the talent the Wolverines have coming back, and the influx of new freshmen, Michigan should be a contender in the Big Ten next season.
How long the 65-year-old Beilein remains in Ann Arbor is still a question mark, as both he and Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel have been working on a contract extension. Those talks were happening prior to Beilein's interest in the Pistons job. That deal is in the process of being finalized.
Beilein's last contract extension came in 2015, when then-interim athletic director Jim Hackett extended him through the 2020-21 season. Beilein's salary last year ranked No. 9 nationally at $3.37 million.
Speaking with reporters in Chicago last month, Manuel said he was determined to make sure Michigan was Beilein's final coaching stop.
"I don't want John Beilein to coach anywhere else and he knows that," Manuel said at the time. "He understands my feelings towards that. You can take that for what it's worth.
"I don't want him to go anywhere else."
Another topic on the table could be Michigan's overall staff pay, as assistant coaches Saddi Washington, DeAndre Haynes and Luke Yaklich combined to make $675,000 last season. Ohio State led the Big Ten with more than $1 million in staff pay a year ago for first-year head coach Chris Holtmann.
Both Michigan State and Indiana have staff pools of at least $800,000.
Beilein didn't have much to say about his contract in mid May, other than that he was finding all the time he could to work with Manuel on a new deal.
"As a matter of fact we are (talking about that)," Beilein said at the time. "Warde and I have been so busy and apart, but we're working on that right now.
"So stay tuned."
Beilein's journey through basketball has been unique. A former history teacher, Beilein's career began at Newfane High School in 1975. He slowly advanced his way up the coaching ladder, taking over at Erie Community College before landing at Division III Nazareth in 1982. He spent nine years at Division II Le Moyne before getting his first Division I job at Canisius in 1992.
After taking Canisius, Richmond and West Virginia to NCAA Tournaments, Bill Martin hired Beilein to resurrect a floundering Michigan men's basketball program in 2007.
He took the job sight unseen.
"I'm taking a great leap of faith here by leaving West Virginia and coming here," Beilein said at the time.
That leap worked out for both sides, as Beilein snapped Michigan's decade-long NCAA Tournament drought in 2008-09. Michigan has been to the tournament in eight of his 11 seasons. That run includes four Sweet 16s, three Elite Eights and two Final Fours.