Cava­liers hire Michi­gan’s Beilein as coach

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The Cleveland Cava­liers ended a month­long search for a new coach Mon­day by hir­ing Michi­gan’s John Beilein.

Beilein, 66, got a fiveyear deal with the Cavs, who be­lieve he can make the suc­cess­ful leap from cam­pus to the pros. His sign­ing is some­what sur­pris­ing given his age, lack of pro ex­pe­ri­ence and be­cause the Cavs had been speak­ing al­most ex­clu­sively with younger NBA assistants dur­ing their interview process.

He’s one of only four coaches to take four schools to the NCAA Tour­na­ment (Cani­sius, Rich­mond, West Vir­ginia and Michi­gan), and he leaves Michi­gan with the most wins in school his­tory.

Beilein had en­ter­tained NBA of­fers in the past, meet­ing with Detroit and Or­lando be­fore choos­ing to stay in Ann Ar­bor, where he man­aged to make bas­ket­ball more than just a pass­ing di­ver­sion be­tween foot­ball seasons.

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