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Posted on Thu, Jun 10, 2010 : 7:39 p.m.

Michigan coach John Beilein says he will continue to try and contact Western's Steve Hawkins

By Michael Rothstein

Michigan basketball coach John Beilein said he has attempted to reach Western Michigan coach Steve Hawkins after Hawkins accused Beilein of tampering with assistant coach LaVall Jordan.

As of Thursday afternoon, Beilein had yet to reach the Broncos head coach, but will keep trying.

“I called yesterday and I know I will again,” Beilein said. “It’s been very busy. I called yesterday after his statement and I will call (again) and there will probably be a limit on the number of phone calls I will make to him, but I will continue to call Steve and try to clear it up.”

Beilein reiterated he did not initiate a phone call with Jordan. Jordan said when he heard about the chance to work at Michigan, he went and talked with Hawkins.

He left Western for Michigan days after accepting an offer to be an assistant coach there.

“Can’t control timing, none of us can,” Jordan said. “But there was an excitement level on my part. I’m fired up. I believe in this program and this university and I’m excited.”

Jordan had been set to become an assistant at Western Michigan, and Hawkins said he had even been introduced to the Western players. The Kalamazoo Gazette, reported Jordan had a nameplate on his office door.

Hawkins, later in the Gazette piece, accused Beilein of “tampering” and acting in an unethical manner in hiring Jordan.

“Coach Hawkins and I obviously had a misunderstanding, which I stated about and coach to coach, I’ll deal with it from here,” Beilein said.

Michael Rothstein covers University of Michigan basketball for He can be reached at (734) 623-2558, by e-mail at or follow along on Twitter @mikerothstein


Blue Marker

Fri, Jun 11, 2010 : 10:16 a.m.

@ SonofScoot. People who claim not to care but take the time to click on the story, read it and then post puzzle me. I guess I'd answer your question with the do.


Fri, Jun 11, 2010 : 7:40 a.m.

Michigan interviewed Jordan before WMU did, so technically, you can say WMU poached him from U of M. No signed contract, simple as that.


Fri, Jun 11, 2010 : 7:07 a.m.

This was the unclassiest moves I've seen from Coach B who is usually a classy guy. He should have never spoken or attempted to speak with the coach. Our University and our staff should be better than that.


Thu, Jun 10, 2010 : 7:43 p.m.

Don't Spartan fans have more important things to worry about just now?


Thu, Jun 10, 2010 : 7:29 p.m.

no wonder UofM basketball sucks....Beilein has to steal assistant coaches from WMU. LOL. GO GREEN!