Reaction to John Beilein taking Cleveland Cavaliers job


University of MI coach John Beilein has agreed to a five-year contract to become the Cleveland Cavaliers' coach, league sources told ESPN.

University of MI spokesman Tom Wywrot confirmed Belein is leaving the school.

According to Wojnarowski, Beilein reached a deal Sunday and informed the team of his decision to leave on Monday morning.

The Cavaliers have been using the term "culture driver" internally when discussing the possibility of hiring Beilein, sources said.

John Beilein, who grew up in Western New York, has been head coach at MI since 2007. He had talks with the Detroit Pistons previous year when they were in the market for a new coach, but he said he was never offered that job. He made Michigan a force to be reckoned with and it, in turn, made Michigan State even better. Cleveland fired coach Tyronn Lue after six games last season and then mutually parted ways with Larry Drew to begin a thorough search.

As far as returning talent goes, Beilein will have a relatively young core of Collin Sexton and Cedi Osman to work with out of the gates.

He is reportedly going to be with the Cavaliers' front office and ownership for the draft lottery and National Basketball Association combine that happens this week. Gansey played under Beilein at West Virginia, advancing to the Elite Eight with him as a player.