Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Sports Update -- WV's losss is UM's gain

I have interest in this story because I was raised in West Virginia, and am now living in Michigan.

West Virginia's perspective:

MORGANTOWN John Beilein made it official late Tuesday afternoon.

He resigned as coach of the West Virginia University men’s basketball program and accepted the same position at the University of Michigan.

Right now it’s a sad moment, but it’s something I had to do,” the Burt, N.Y., native said at an impromptu press conference in the Coliseum shortly after 5 p.m.

“I just left my team meeting and we’re all very sad about the team we just had. Now we move on without myself as the coach anymore.”

Beilein called his five years in Morgantown “a great experience.” He thanked the “great fans” and the “wonderful student body” for their support.

He said he made his decision to leave early Tuesday morning and tendered his official resignation in early afternoon.

In a prepared statement Tuesday night, WVU athletic director Ed Pastilong said:

“We want to thank John Beilein for his five years at WVU and the success that he has brought to the program. Under his leadership, WVU has achieved new levels of national prominence and success within the Big East Conference.

“While we wanted John to remain our coach for the remainder of his coaching career, he has made the decision to leave. We wish him the best in this new chapter of his coaching career.”

Source: Micky Fufari,

Michigan's perspective:

University of Michigan director of athletics Bill Martin announced Tuesday (April 3) that John Beilein has signed a multi-year contract to coach the University of Michigan men's basketball team. Beilein becomes the 16th coach in the program's 90-year history.

"I am very pleased to announce John Beilein as our new head coach for the men's basketball program," said Martin. "He is an individual with a great knowledge of the game. He is a proven winner. He is an extraordinary teacher of the game. He is a great basketball coach. We welcome John and his family to Michigan."

"This is an exciting opportunity for me and my family to join the University of Michigan basketball program," said Beilein. "I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead and getting to know the University and Ann Arbor community. I am anxious to meet the team, visit with the recruits and all the Wolverine basketball alumni and fans. This is a great opportunity to build Michigan as one of the elite programs in the country."


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