The University of Michigan has made a very good decision in giving John Beilein a contract extension through 2018-2019. There can be no doubt that Beilein has been more successful than any of us had truly thought. Although it was a good hire, I don't recall it having that "Wow!" factor, but more of a "Yeah, okay" factor. But now that we've had subs, it's all been a pretty cool ride.
Dave Brandon's statement, in part:
John has built a team that will compete for Big Ten championships on a regular basis and make exciting NCAA tournament runs.
I am very excited to have this opportunity to coach at the University of Michigan for at least five more years.
Bacari Alexander is also excited:
2019 Here we come!!!! @JohnBeilein is here for years to come! Get on board NOW!— Bacari Alexander (@bacari34) July 17, 2013
Okay, I'm on board! You don't have to yell. Beilein's proven what he can do, and he's obviously a very good recruiter. The details of his contract are unimportant to me; I couldn't care less about the salary. The important part is that we have a coach who believes that Michigan is a destination job; he wants to be around for a while, and the smartest people in the room want to give him that chance. Go Blue!