Originally posted on UM Hoops  |  Last updated 7/24/13
John Beilein remembers an early conversation with Ben Cronin, his first commitment at Michigan, vividly. ‘Was Michigan ever good at basketball?’ That was Ben Cronin in 2007. Beilein excused the question because Cronin “grew up watching Sports Center in 1999 when we took a hiatus from the post season” but six years later Michigan basketball is back. Michigan hadn’t been to the NCAA tournament in a decade when Beilein took over in Ann Arbor. Since then the Wolverines have been to four NCAA tournaments, a National Championship game and raised a Big Ten Championship banner in the Crisler Center. Beilein inked a $2.45 million per year contract extension through 2019 earlier this month and it’s a safe bet that the Wolverines will be a force to reckoned with for the foreseeable future. Michigan’s head coach isn’t worried about the past, he’s more concerned about what the extension means for the program’s future. “My plan was to at least coach six more years,” Beilein explained. “The 2015 [r
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