The Pistons' coaching search continues to take intriguing turns, and the latest wrinkle certainly qualifies.

Michigan coach John Beilein interviewed for the job this week, ESPN reported Friday, citing league sources.

Beilein is coming off a trip to the NCAA championship game and has spent the last 40 years as a head coach at a variety of colleges. While he has long been among the most respected coaches in the game, dating to his time at West Virginia and Richmond, a jump to the NBA would be quite a move for the 65-year-old. 

That said, the Pistons obviously are intent on casting a wide net as they replace Stan Van Gundy, who was fired last month after four seasons.

Among the other reported candidates are obvious choices, like recently fired Raptors coach Dwane Casey, and more creative options like television analyst Kenny Smith, who has no previous coaching experience. Beilein isn't the only candidate with Wolverines ties; former Fab Five member and current Heat assistant Juwan Howard also is reportedly in the mix.

If nothing else, Beilein's move certainly won't hurt in his ongoing contract talks with Michigan. He is currently signed through the 2020-21 season at $3.37 million per year, but said last month he and athletic director Warde Manuel were engaged in talks about an extension.