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Michigan Suspends Juwan Howard For Remainder Of Regular Season

Michigan head coach Juwan Howard will indeed pay a price for his role in the altercation following the Wolverines’ 77-63 loss to Wisconsin Sunday.

Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports reports that the university will be suspending Howard for the remaining five games of the regular season without pay. Howard will receive a $40,000 fine, the largest in Big Ten history. An official announcement is expected to come Monday night.

Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard won’t be suspended, but will be fined $10,000. Three players will be suspended for one game, per Stadium’s Jeff Goodman: Michigan freshman forward Moussa Diabaté, sophomore forward Terrance Williams II and Wisconsin junior guard Jahcobi Neath.

After the loss, Howard and Gard exchanged words during the handshake line. As players from both teams ran in to attempt to separate the coaches, Howard reached across to slap Wisconsin assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft in the face.

In the closing moments of the game, Michigan appeared to employ a full-court press defense as Wisconsin was ready to inbound the ball with four seconds remaining. Gard opted to call a timeout and said after the game he called it to get his team reorganized.

“I was not going to put them in a position, when the ball had already been knocked out of bounds, to have to break a press in four seconds when they’re coming in cold off the bench,” Gard said. “So I took a timeout, which I’m allowed to do, and brought them over to get them organized.”

Howard denied after the game that the Wolverines were playing press and said he felt the timeout wasn’t fair to his team with the result no longer in doubt. Howard then revealed what he told Gard during their confrontation and why he struck Krabbenhoft.

“I addressed with the head coach that I will remember that, because of that timeout.” Howard said. “I think that was very uncalled for for him to touch me as we were communicating with one another. That is what escalated it… At that point I felt it was time to protect myself.”

Howard issued a statement through Michigan athletics Monday night, taking responsibility for his actions.

“After taking time to reflect on all that happened, I realize how unacceptable both my actions and words were, and how they affected so many. I am truly sorry,” Howard said. “I am offering my sincerest apology to my players and their families, my staff, my family and the Michigan fans around the world. I would like to personally apologize to Wisconsin’s Assistant Coach Joe Krabbenhoft and his family, too.

“Lastly, I speak a lot about being a Michigan man and representing the University of Michigan with class and pride, I did not do that, nor did I set the right example in the right way for my student-athletes. I will learn from my mistake and this mistake will never happen again. No excuses!”

Michigan (14-11, 8-7 Big Ten), will move forward without Howard to finish its disappointing season. Wisconsin (21-5, 12-4 Big Ten), will continue its battle with Purdue (23-4, 12-4 Big Ten) and Illinois (19-7, 12-4 Big Ten), for first place in the conference.


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Written by Nick Geddes

Nick is a 2021 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in political science. Nick is a life-long sports fan who is proud to say he suffered through 15 years of Bucs futility to witness a Super Bowl victory in 2020. Nick has a passion for writing and is proud to represent OutKick. Follow me on Twitter @NickGeddesNews and on Instagram @nick.geddes.

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    • Assault? Please it’s not that serious. If that’s the case every baseball brawl and every hockey fight would be subject to criminal charges. What happened is wrong but let’s not become a bunch of panty wearing lil bitches. Sports get heated sometimes… case close… Every situation is different.

      • The problem is he has shown repeated out of control behavior like this on the court. I can’t even count how many technical fouls he’s gotten since becoming coach. I’d say without looking he’s one of the national leaders in that category, along with getting tossed. Furthermore, I cannot recall a head coach who has struck an opposing coach on the court after a game…ever. That’s simply unheard of. A head coach is held to a far higher standard than players, and is paid accordingly. Heck, Bruce Pearl was fired at UT for lying about recruits he invited to a bbq, but Juwan Howard punches a coach on national TV and keeps his job. What is the message here? “Hey guys, if you lose it, just get your money’s worth okay? You’ll be alright.”

    • I agree that Howard never should have taken it this far. Coaches typically shake hands or say something to one another after the game. The only reason I would argue this could get Howard fired is because this is the third time, he has had at least words with another coach, so clearly, he can’t control his emotions. Out of control. Let’s say a coach gets three DUI’s in less than a year, would he be fired or forced to resign? Seems like a character issue. You are also right that this is assault, slapping or punching another person is assault plain and simple.

  1. Five games seems like more than enough. Wonder if they would have suspended him for that long if the team was any good. If this incident happened on a Sunday during NFL, it would have been a minor story.

  2. He should be fired. Hundreds of innocent people have been cancelled and have lost jobs because of having the wrong opinion. A junior high school coach would of been fired and charged. The Fab Five and Bill Martin ruined the program. Get those ghetto boys in there. Ghetto in ghetto out.

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