MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia coach John Beilein told his players today that he's leaving for Michigan.
Beilein's announcement comes one week after the Mountaineers won the National Invitation Tournament title.
He met with his players in a long-ago scheduled afternoon meeting that was supposed to focus on their workout schedule over the next month. Beilein says he's excited about the opportunity to coach at Michigan. He says he wouldn't go to Ann Arbor if he didn't think the Wolverines could win a national championship.
Senior Rob Summers says several players cried when Beilein told them about his decision.
Beilein took a downtrodden West Virginia program to two N-C-A-A tournament appearances in five seasons. He plans to take over a Michigan team that hasn't made the tournament since 1998.
Michigan fired Tommy Amaker in mid-March after the Wolverines went to the N-I-T for the third time in four years.
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