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The story of John Beilein's last hours as head coach of Michigan – The Athletic



Hands reaching for phones at 8:43 am Monday. Immediately, confusion. Then panic attacks. Consternation. It was the arrow shot from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski's Twitter account – the scoop that Michigan coach John Beilein was going to Cleveland as the Cavaliers' new coach.

In Ann Arbor, it was news for all Beilein staff and alignment.

Seven conversations with people in the basketball program describe Beilein's last hours as a shocking shock to the system. Neither the coaching staff, nor the support staff, nor the players had knowledge of the bomb. According to several people in the program, who all spoke anonymously, everyone learned the news via social media, phone notifications and SMS.

Shortly after the beginning of the story, Beilein sent a text message to the group to confirm the news. He contacted some people individually. Other than Zavier Simpson and Isaiah Livers, all …


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