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John Beilein is returning to Michigan. Contract extension is being finalized per source

John Beilein is returning to Michigan. Contract extension is being finalized per source

After visiting with the Detroit Pistons twice about their recent head coaching opening, MI men's basketball's all-time wins leader announced Wednesday that he'll remain in Ann Arbor.

San Antonio Spurs assistant Ime Udoka is interviewing for the Detroit Pistons' vacant head-coaching job Wednesday, but former Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey is reportedly the front-runner.

The 65-year-old Beilein has coached at MI for 11 seasons. Back in May, Beilein told the Detroit Free Press that it was close to getting done.

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Casey met with team owner Tom Gores on Tuesday and an announcement seems imminent. On Wednesday, he tweeted that he would be coming back to MI next season and "in the years to come". And according to outlets, Beilein interviewed with the team earlier this week.

Beilein's revised contract at MI was in the works prior to his discussions with the Pistons.

The 65-year-old is coming off a season in which he led the Wolverines to the national championship game and a school-record 33 wins. He's said repeatedly his intention is to ensure Beilein one day retires at MI.

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

But that possibility is no more, as the 65-year-old Beilein reaffirmed his commitment to MI. MI was one of the top defensive teams in the country this past season, again falling just one game short of a national title.

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