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Michigan Fills Vacancy With LaVall Jordan

Wasting little time in replacing Mike Jackson, John Beilein has hired former Iowa assistant coach LaVall Jordan to serve the same position at Michigan.

Here are some statements from Michigan's press release:

"LaVall is a terrific addition to our staff," said Beilein. "He grew up in the state of Michigan and was a huge fan of the Maize and Blue. LaVall knows and appreciates the valued traditions of this great university and the Wolverine program.

"LaVall is a proven recruiter, excellent mentor and gifted teacher of the game. Bringing to Michigan his knowledge as a player and coach and his experience from a successful Butler program (multiple NCAA Tournament appearances including the Sweet 16 in 2007), LaVall will be a tremendous asset for us as we continue to develop our program's culture.

"LaVall's passion for skill development and deep understanding of guard play will undoubtedly benefit our backcourt players. I am especially pleased with his working and recruiting experience in the Big Ten and believe he will be a key component as we strengthen our program and recruiting efforts."

"I know what the University of Michigan means to this state and around the country. To be part of that is truly a great opportunity," said Jordan. "Returning to my home state, being closer to my family and working for Michigan is a tremendous honor.

"Having recruiting ties in the state of Michigan, the Midwest and across the country, I am looking forward to helping this staff bring in the right type of young man that will help this program become one of the best in the Big Ten and the nation."

"I love the make-up of this staff," added Beilein. "They will help this young team develop their games both collectively and on an individual basis. I am very confident that our terrific Michigan fans will embrace watching this young team make great progress in the years ahead."

Jordan was originally planning on going to Western Michigan to be an assistant, and the fact that he has now chosen to go to Michigan instead greatly upset Broncos head coach Steve Hawkins. For more on that situation and why Hawkins accused John Beilein of tampering, click here.