After Wisconsin routed his workforce, 77-63, Sunday afternoon, Michigan Coach Juwan Howard slapped Joe Krabbenhoft, a Wisconsin assistant coach, within the head through the postgame handshake line, precipitating a scrum between the 2 groups.
Howard, the previous Miami Warmth assistant coach and a member of Michigan’s famed Fab 5 recruiting class within the early Nineties, initially didn’t enter the handshake line however then got here in late. Wisconsin Coach Greg Gard at first appeared to make use of his left hand to seize at Howard’s proper elbow to cease him so they may speak.
Howard then appeared to tug at Gard’s shirt, level his index finger in Gard’s face and get right into a heated dialogue with Gard. Because the coaches had been separated by cops, assistant coaches and gamers, Howard landed a right-handed slap on Krabbenhoft’s head. Gamers from each groups then started pushing and shoving each other.
Howard may very well be suspended for “not more than two contests” and fined as much as $10,000, in accordance with the Massive Ten Convention’s Sportsmanship Coverage, and both Michigan or the convention’s Group Govt Committee might elect to impose further penalties. The Massive Ten mentioned in an announcement that it was conscious of the incident.
“The convention is involved with each member establishments and is presently assessing the incident,” the assertion mentioned. “The convention will present extra data and can take swift and applicable disciplinary motion when it completes its evaluation.”
Michigan’s athletic director, Warde Manuel, mentioned in an announcement he apologized to his Wisconsin counterpart, Chris McIntosh.
“There is no such thing as a excuse for any of our employees or student-athletes to get right into a bodily altercation with others no matter instigating elements,” he mentioned.
Manuel added: “We’ll evaluation the state of affairs extra completely and work with the Massive Ten Convention as they decide their disciplinary actions and can decide if any additional disciplinary actions are wanted.”
Gard mentioned in a tv interview that Howard was upset with the timeout Gard had known as with 15 seconds remaining and Wisconsin up by 15 factors. Michigan was urgent the Wisconsin backups when he known as the timeout.
“Apparently, he didn’t like that I known as a timeout to reset the 10-second name,” Gard instructed CBS. “We solely had 4 seconds to get the ball over half-court and I didn’t wish to put my backups — I had all my bench guys within the recreation — I didn’t wish to put them in that place of scrambling with solely 4 seconds, so I took a timeout and it bought us a brand new 10 seconds and it helped them to get organized to get the ball in.”
He added: “He didn’t like that when he got here by means of the handshake line. I’ll depart it at that and the tape will present the remaining.”
Howard mentioned he objected to Gard initiating contact within the handshake line.
“Properly, principally I addressed with the top coach that I’ll do not forget that due to that timeout, and for somebody to the touch me, and I believe that was very uncalled-for for him to the touch me as we had been verbalizing and speaking with each other,” Howard instructed reporters. “In order that’s what ended up occurring and that’s what escalated it.”
Sunday was not the primary time Howard had been concerned in an altercation with one other Massive Ten coach. Throughout the 2021 convention match, Howard had to be separated from Maryland’s Mark Turgeon, when he felt Turgeon “charged” at him. Howard was ejected from the sport with about 11 minutes remaining within the second half, however not suspended.
No. 15 Wisconsin (21-5, 12-4 Massive Ten) received Sunday behind 25 factors from Johnny Davis. The Badgers are competing with No. 5 Purdue and No. 12 Illinois for the convention title.
Michigan (14-11, 8-7) stays on the bubble for the N.C.A.A. match. The Wolverines had been ranked as excessive as No. 4 earlier within the season however haven’t been within the prime 25 for the reason that Nov. 29 Related Press ballot.
A yr in the past, Michigan received the Massive Ten regular-season title and misplaced to U.C.L.A. within the spherical of 8 within the N.C.A.A. match.