A Big Ten Basketball Coach Scores A HUGE Contract Extension. Does He Deserve It?

David Hookstead | Reporter

Michigan Wolverines basketball coach John Beilein recently scored a five-year contract extension.

The University of Michigan stated the following in a release after the signing:

University of Michigan Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics Warde Manuel announced Wednesday (July 18) that he and the David and Meredith Kaplan Men’s Basketball Head Coach John Beilein have reached an agreement for a contract extension through the 2022-23 season.

Additionally, the newly inked five-year rollover deal automatically extends one additional year and repeats each year until either Beilein, or U-M, has given proper notice that the renewal will not be exercised by mid-April.

This is a super smart idea for Michigan, and I actually hate it as a Wisconsin fan. Beilein is one hell of an outstanding coach. He has built the Wolverines into a formidable foe every single time they take the court. As a Wisconsin fan, that is terrifying to me. I don’t like that at all.

You have to lock up a great coach whenever you get a chance, and you have to keep a guy like Beilein happy. The details of the deal aren’t known yet, but I’m sure he’s worth every single penny he’s being paid. (RELATEDSEC FANS DON’T LIKE TO USE FACTS WHEN DISCUSSING COLLEGE FOOTBALL)

I’m glad the Big Ten continues to be as strong as ever. If you want to be the best, then you damn well better beat the best. I look forward to squaring up with Beilein and the Wolverines over the next five years.

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