John Beilein Heading To Wake Forest Or Boston College?
Is John Beilein headed to Wake Forest or Boston College? After a disastrous NBA run, it is beginning to look that way.
Beilein resigned as the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers shortly after the NBA All-Star break.
The 67-year-old’s transition to the pro ranks from an objectively successful collegiate career was an unmitigated disaster. The players did not respect him. His schemes did not work. And worst of all, Beilein showed an zero adaptability when it came to adjusting.
To be fair, the Cavaliers are a terrible organization. They always have been. There is a reason the only time they enjoyed any success was because LeBron James, the second-best player in NBA history, put the franchise on his back and carried them there.
But Beilein did himself no favors either.
What is done is done, though. And the big question for Beilein is what comes next.
For all the negative things that can be said regarding his NBA run, Beilein was still a very good college coach. As such, many expect him to end up where he started.
There are lot of rumors that Texas may go out and try to make a play for Beilein, given how much Shaka Smart has struggled to adapt there.
But Smart’s massive buyout makes things difficult. Georgia Tech is a another potential candidate.
Two intriguing ACC options, however, are Boston College and Wake Forest.
Coaching Carousel Cheat Sheet:
Find out the SCOOP on who is in trouble, who’s safe and names being tossed around for potential openings: https://t.co/K4Uy1jPbu2
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) February 28, 2020
Most recently, odds makers had Boston College listed as a favorite to inevitably land Beilein at +300 and then Wake Forest listed at +800.
According to college basketball insider Jeff Goodman, the Eagles and Demon Deacons are very serious contenders for Beilein’s services. In his estimation, the 67-year-old would be a great fit at either spot.
“The 67-year-old Beilein parted ways with the Cleveland Cavaliers at the NBA All-Star break, and now the question becomes whether he retires or comes back to college,” he wrote.
“From talking to several people close to him, my money is on him coaching again. Beilein, who took Michigan to the national title game in 2013 and 2018, will likely have his pick of anything that opens … if he wants it.”
“I don’t think he wants to go out this way,” a source told Goodman.
“I think he’ll coach in college again.”
Will Beilein return to college basketball? Yes, that is where the smart money is. Will it be to the ACC? That is the million dollar question.