While Juwan Howard and the Michigan Wolverines continue to play at a high level on the court, former head coach of the program John Beilein continues to analyze the team behind the scenes at the Big Ten Network. Now, it may appear that he will get a chance to jump back in the water if he is willing to take the plunge.
Boston College fired their head coach Jim Christian on Monday after a 78-132 record midway through his seventh season. New athletic director Pat Kraft will make his first major coaching hire since his tenure began in June. What better way to make a splash than to hire a coach like John Beilein?
It certainly is getting the respect it deserves from some analysts on social media. Both Jeff Goodman of The Athletic and ESPN’s Jeff Borzello have each reported that Beilein is a name of interest for the ACC program.
Names that have been floating around for Boston College the last few weeks: Porter Moser, Howard Eisley, John Beilein, Mark Schmidt, Mike Rhoades, Randy Bennett.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) February 15, 2021
Beilein coached the Wolverines to a 278-150 record in 12 seasons. His accolades include two Big Ten regular-season championships, two Big Ten tournament championships, and two National Championship appearances. He was also the Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2013-14.
The question is whether or not Beilein wants to get back into the game. Before leaving Ann Arbor for a short stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Beilein signed a five-year extension in 2018 that would have made him coach through 2022-23 had he stayed with the program. The assumption by many was this would be the final deal for the then-65-year-old.
If John Beilein wants to coach again at the college level, Boston College is not going to be the only suitor. He is widely respected as one of the best coaches in this century. A Power 5 play like Boston College is going to be appetizing for certain, but the biggest question that remains is if the 68-year old Beilein wants to put the task on himself of rebuilding a program that is currently in shambles.
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