2013 NBA Draft

Michigan’s John Beilein to coach at least six more years

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John Beilein was reported with a contract extension from the University of Michigan last Wednesday, but Tuesday afternoon, Beilein  addressed the topic, and even gave a timetable for his retirement.

“My plan was to at least coach six more years,” Beilein told reporters in Ann Arbor during a press conference. “So that the 2015 class, that’s the class we’re recruiting now — along with the 2014’s — I wanted to coach all those guys.

“That was sort of the plan we put in mind. Obviously you had to dot some ‘I’s’ and cross some ‘T’s’ and there was no rush, but I was really pleased we were able to work it out.”

Beilein and Michigan agreed to a three-year extension. He will make $2.45 million over the next six years. As far MLive.com’s Nick Baumgardner points out, this is a major boost from the initial deal Newfane High School (N.Y.) gave him when he first began coaching in 1975. Beilein’s new contract runs out in 2019.

“I had to think about (the end of my career when the deal was being finalized),” Beilein said. “Because Dave (Brandon) was very outgoing in saying ‘coach, I want you to be our coach, how long would you like to do this?’ … I thought (six years) was a fair amount for recruiting and stability and to remain focused on the job and not think about retirement.

“After two or three more years, I’ll look at it again.”

After a run to the championship game and producing two first-round draft picks, the Wolverines are in a good position for another strong campaign in 2013-2014. Beilein returns Mitch McGary, Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III and Caris LaVert and add one five-star recruit and two four-star prospects for next season.

In six seasons at Michigan, Beilein holds a 122-85 record.

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne

Illinois’ injury woes continue as starting center needs knee surgery

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Illinois suffered another blow in what has already turned out to be a brutal season.

Mike Thorne is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his meniscus. He reportedly underwent surgery on Monday to repair the injury.

Thorne, a transfer from Charlotte, was starting at center for the Illini and doing a good job of it as well. He was averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 boards, although Illinois has started off the season 3-4.

The reason for that slow start has mainly been those injuries. Tracy Abrams is already out for the season after tearing his achilles, and the Illini training room looked like a M.A.S.H. unit. Kendrick Nunn just returned two games ago from surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. LeRon Black is still getting back to speed after offseason knee surgery. Jaylon Tate is back after dislocating a finger. Jalen Coleman-Lands was slowed by a stress fracture.

John Groce entered this season on the hot seat, and dealing with all of these injuries certainly isn’t helping his cause.

NEW PODCAST: Recapping Feast Week

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We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.

For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.

Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.

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