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Cavaliers hire Michigan's John Beilein as head coach

Beilein was 278-150 in 12 seasons at Michigan.

The Cavaliers went back to college to get a coach.

Cleveland has signed Michigan's John Beilein to a five-year contract. The team made the official announcement Monday morning. The deal came together quickly in the past 24 hours and was finalized Sunday after the Cavs had spent the weekend in Denver interviewing several NBA assistants.

The 66-year-old Beilein does not have pro experience, but he's long regarded as one of college hoops' best minds. He guided Michigan to two Final Fours in the past seven years and has developed several top players.

Beilein is the winningest coach in Michigan history with a 278-150 record in 12 seasons. He tweeted his thanks Monday to Michigan's players and fans.

The Cavs are rebuilding following a 19-63 season after the departure of LeBron James. Cleveland fired coach Tyronn Lue after six games last season and then mutually parted ways with Larry Drew to begin a thorough search.

Beilein will inherit a young Cleveland team that includes All-Star forward Kevin Love and point guard Collin Sexton, who had a strong rookie season. Cleveland's roster should get an upgrade in the draft and the Cavs are hoping for some more luck in Tuesday's lottery, where the winner will have a shot at Duke All-American Zion Williamson.

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