Following a loss to the Badgers, Juwan Howard got stopped by Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard, who wouldn’t allow him to walk by in the handshake line so they discuss his anger on calling a timeoput late in the game.
That set off an argument that included Wisconsin assistant Joe Krabbenhoft, who ended up being slapped across his face.
In a statement released hours after the game, Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said there is “no excuse” for getting into a physical altercation with others.
“I am aware of and watched the end of our men’s basketball game. There is no excuse for any of our staff or student-athletes to get into a physical altercation with others regardless of instigation factors. I reached out and apologized to (Wisconsin AD) Chris McIntosh and (Michigan) President Coleman has reached out to UW chancellor Blank to apologize for the totally unacceptable behavior. We will review the situation more thoroughly and work with the Big Ten Conference as they determine their disciplinary actions and will determine if any further disciplinary actions are needed,” Manuel said.
Juwan Howard is sure to be punished. It just remains to be seen how severe it will be.
What seemed to set it off was Howard being upset at Wisconsin coach Greg Gard calling timeout with 15 seconds left in a well-decided ballgame.
Several Badgers and Wolverines players seemed to throw punches before the two sides were separated.
This incident will no doubt affect the Wolverines chances of getting into the NCAA tournament, and even if they do, it’s not clear if Howard will be there to coach them.
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