After almost thirty years and 571 wins in Division I basketball, Beilein will attempt to test his mettle at the game's highest level with a team facing one of the biggest turnaround efforts in the league. That WVU club featured a Northeast Ohio product by the name of Mike Gansey, who is the Cavs' assistant GM.
Woj is reporting that the Cavaliers are giving Beilein a five-year deal.
Beilein acknowledged the university in a tweet from his account Monday that read: "Thanks to everyone at the Univ of MI for their incredible support these last 12 years".
Beilein spent the last 12 seasons in Ann Arbor, amassing 278-150 record, advancing to a pair of national title games, and claiming four Big Ten titles (Regular season 2x; postseason 2x).
Beilein, 66, will take the reins of the roster from interim-turned-head coach Larry Drew who coached the majority of 2018-19 after Tyronn Lue was dismissed in October.
"John is one of the most accomplished and innovative basketball minds and leaders in the entire game". MI lost to Louisville in 2013 and Villanova in 2018.
You may recall that he met with the Detroit Pistons previous year about a coaching position.
The team said Beilein and the Cavs have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract. He has recorded 20-plus win seasons on 23 occasions and has finished with a winning record in 35 seasons, placing him in the top 10 for career victories among active NCAA Division I head coaches.
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. I am very thankful to Dan Gilbert and Koby Altman and honored to be the head coach of the Cavaliers.
Cleveland finished tied with Phoenix for the league's second-worst record behind NY.
No other Big Ten team returns a first-team All-American.
Hope seemed lost for the Cavaliers when James bolted last summer, devastating a team - and city - he treated to a title and four straight Finals appearances.