John Beilein withdraws from Pistons' head coaching search

Position-by-position breakdown of Michigan hoops Part III — Power forward

Position-by-position breakdown of Michigan hoops Part III — Power forward

The Detroit Pistons are planning further discussions with three candidates for the franchise's head-coaching job - former Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey, University of MI coach John Beilein and San Antonio Spurs assistant Ime Udoka, league sources told ESPN. He had a meeting and an interview with Pistons officials last week as Detroit searches for their new head coach.

The 65-year-old Beilein has coached at MI for 11 seasons with a 248-143 record.

Vincent Goodwill of NBC Sports Chicago reported that the Pistons were "very impressed" with Casey after he met with owner Tom Gores on Tuesday. MI lost 79-62 to Villanova in the NCAA national championship game in April.

Beilein now holds a 724-419 overall record as a head coach, and a 24-12 record in the NCAA Tournament.

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When Beilein's program hit a bit of a rut, he adapted by bringing in new assistants to help shore up his team's weaknesses at the defensive end.

Michigan's athletic director Warde Manuel voiced the same feelings.

John Beilein isn't going anywhere. He has guided the Wolverines to two Big Ten titles, eight NCAA tournament appearances and two national runner-up finishes.

But that possibility is no more, as the 65-year-old Beilein reaffirmed his commitment to MI. His team also reached the championship game in 2013.

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