'Go Blue Forever!' Read John Beilein's farewell to Michigan

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Posted at 10:23 AM, May 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-13 16:49:11-04

(WXYZ) — John Beilein has released a statement on Twitter shortly after the news came out that he was leaving Michigan to be the next head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The university confirmed to 7 Action News that Beilein was taking the job. It was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN.

Beilein took to Twitter to thank fans shortly after the news was announced.

"Thanks to everyone at the Univ of Michigan for their incredible support these last 12 years. Our fans , alums , leaders, players and students are AMAZING It has been a heck of a ride and I hope you enjoyed our teams and staff as much as I did !Go Blue Forever ! #GoBlue."

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the deal will be for five years.

Beilein has coached the Wolverines since 2007 and just last year signed a contract through the 2022-23 season.

"I am grateful for the opportunity the University of Michigan has given to me over the past 11 years," Beilein said in a release at the time of the contract signing. "Kathleen and I love Ann Arbor, our University, our fans and the state of Michigan. We will continue to work very hard in the future to have our basketball team reflect the greatness of this University."

According to Wojnarowski, Beilein reached a deal Sunday and informed the team of his decision to leave on Monday morning. Wojnarowski also reported that Beilien has grown more and more frustrated with college basketball's recruiting and the ways teams keep top players.

He reportedly interviewed for the Detroit Pistons coaching job last season, but ultimately signed the extension with Michigan.

The Wolverines have made nine trips to the NCAA Tournament and two trips to the National Championship game. The Wolverines were eliminated in the Sweet 16 in the last NCAA Tournament.

Beilein has a career record of 571-325 including a 278-150 record for the Wolverines.