Michigan basketball coach Juwan Howard has been suspended for the remainder of the regular season after swinging at Wisconsin assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft in the face and sparking a fight after the Wolverines-Badgers game on Sunday.
The news was first reported by Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports.
Howard is eligible to return to the sidelines for the Big Ten Tournament and postseason. He will miss a total of five games, including four straight at home and a road game against No. 22 Ohio State in the regular-season finale.
Following the incident, Howard was unapologetic about his actions.
Here's really good raw video of the aftermath of #Michigan and #Wisconsin. You can clearly hear Juwan Howard say "I'll remember that" to Greg Gard prior to the altercation.
(Video courtesy of WKOW. Caution unedited, NSFW language.) pic.twitter.com/27N2q1OD8I
— Jeanna Trotman (@JeannaTrotmanTV) February 20, 2022
“I didn’t like the timeout being called,” Howard said. “I’ll be totally honest with you. I thought it was not necessary at that moment, especially being a large lead. To have a timeout be called with three seconds or four seconds to go, I thought that was, what I felt, wasn’t fair to our guys. So, that’s what happened.
“Unfortunately, it ended up like that. I didn’t like for it being that way, but I respect our young men for saying what they’re saying as far as ‘We are a family,’ truly, but did not want it to be in a situation where it escalated like that.
“Basically, I addressed it with (Gard) that I will remember that, because of that timeout. For someone to touch me, I think that was very uncalled for, for him to touch me as we were verbalizing and communicating with one another. So, that’s what ended up happening and that’s what escalated it.”
Up next for the Wolverines is a meeting with Rutgers on Wednesday night, followed by a Sunday afternoon showdown with No. 15 Illinois.