Michigan men’s basketball coach Juwan Howard was suspended for the remainder of the regular season after he slapped Wisconsin assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft.
Michigan has five games remaining in the regular season. Howard is expected to return to coach the Wolverines in the Big Ten tournament, which begins March 9 in Indianapolis.
The incident happened on Sunday at the end of Michigan’s blow out loss to the Badgers.
Howard objected to Wisconsin coach Greg Gard calling a time out with 15 seconds left on the clock and a blowout lead.
Howard slapped Krabbenhoft during the postgame handshakes, sparking a brief brawl between the two teams.
In addition to the suspension, Howard was fined $40,000 by the Big Ten Conference on Monday. Krabbenhoft was fined $10,000 but he was not suspended.
Michigan forwards Terrance Williams and Moussa Diabate and Wisconsin guard Jahcobi Neath were each suspended one game for their participation in the fracas.
Howard issued an apology on Monday, saying, “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.”
Howard, a member of Michigan’s famed “Fab Five” team, won NBA Championships with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013. He was a former Miami Heat assistant coach from 2013 to 2019 when he was named Michigan’s head coach.
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Closer look at Juwan Howard going after Wisconsin assistant Joe Krabbenhoft. pic.twitter.com/da46edZCuB
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) February 20, 2022