Michigan coach John Beilein's new contract will keep him with the Wolverines through the 2018-19 season. Whether retirement awaits after that, he isn't ready to say.
The 60-year-old coach will make $2.45 million in annual compensation under the new deal. The three-year extension replaced his previous contract, which was to end after the 2015-16. His first contract, which paid $1.3 million plus incentives, made him the highest paid basketball coach in school history.
And now he is set through the 2018-19 season.
''At least,'' he said Tuesday. ''When I first got here, I at least wanted to coach that contract. Who knows right now where that all goes, but I love the faith the university has in me to at least redo my contract to that extension.''
He said there was no sense of urgency to get a deal done, but added it felt good knowing he could make incoming high school juniors a promise he'd be there if they signed with Michigan.
''It would be good to get it as we began recruiting,''...