Bob Wojnowski, James Hawkins and Matt Charboneau of The Detroit News break down Michigan's Final Four 69-57 victory over Loyola-Chicago.
San Antonio – Last week after Michigan’s Elite Eight win over Florida State, coach John Beilein said he had no plans to go anywhere anytime soon.
It appears athletic director Warde Manuel is on board with that notion.
Following Saturday’s national semifinal win over Loyola-Chicago at the Alamodome, Manuel said he hopes Beilein will remain at the helm for a while longer, although his future with the program is something the two have discussed only “a little bit.”
“For me, I hope he’s around for quite some time,” Manuel said. “I don’t have a timeline. I don’t think he has a timeline. We haven’t talked about it because there’s no need. I am not and have never been, since the day I walked in, interested in any change. And he’s not talked to me about it.”
Beilein, 65, signed a two-year contract extension in November 2015 and is under contract through 2021. His annual compensation is $3.37 million, which made him the ninth-highest paid coach in college basketball this season, according to USA Today’s annual list of salaries.
By comparison, Duke’s Mike Krzyewski ($8.98 million), Kentucky’s John Calipari ($7.45 million), Ohio State’s Chris Holtmann ($7.15 million), Kansas’ Bill Self ($7.15 million) and Michigan State’s Tom Izzo ($4.36 million) were the five highest paid.
Manuel noted that while Beilein’s contract is a bargain “for now,” he’ll have to look closely at all the details with another possible extension in mind.
“This isn’t my first rodeo,” Manuel said. “I tell my staff and young administrators all the time – when you have success like this, it makes administrators do some work, and that’s a good thing. It makes me have to think about, OK, how do I have to shore up and look at where we are (contract-wise), for a head coach, assistant coaches and other positions?
“Because when you have success like this, other people want to come. I’m not worried, but I always think about the head coach. And we sit in meetings, we see it, and when you have success like this, people start coming after your assistants. I have to sharpen my pencil – that’s fine. That’s what the president and the Board (of Regents) pay me to do, to think about those things.”
During his 11-year tenure, Beilein has led Michigan to two Big Ten regular-season titles, back-to-back conference tournament championships, and eight trips to NCAA Tournament, highlighted by three Elite Eight and two national title game appearances in the past six seasons.
Beilein has also guided the Wolverines to eight 20-win seasons, including a program-record 33 wins this season. He is the winningest coach in program history and is one win away from No. 800 for his career.