Beilein declines to pursue Pistons coaching job


John Beilein will be coaching MI, not the Detroit Pistons, next season.

Detroit has narrowed its list of potential head coaching candidates to former Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey and San Antonio Spurs assistant Ime Udoka.

University of MI basketball head coach John Beilein appears to be out of the running for the same position with the Detroit Pistons and will remain in Ann Arbor. MI lost 79-62 to Villanova in the NCAA national championship game in April. Beilein is 248-143 in 11 seasons at MI, twice losing in the title game.

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The Wolverines are coming off their second Final Four appearance under Beilein and a school-record 33 wins last season. The extension was in the works before Beilein interviewed with the Pistons and was not a result of his decision to meet with the National Basketball Association team. U-M has not released any information about a potential extension, though it's clear athletic director Warde Manuel is working on one.

Beilein's revised contract at MI was in the works prior to his discussions with the Pistons. Stein also added that John Beilein has withdrawn from the coaching search in Detroit. Beilein has won a pair of Big Ten championships and two Big Ten Tournament titles. The Wolverines have made the title game twice under Beilein: this year, and in 2013 against Louisville.