Suspended But Not Fired – University of Michigan Basketball Coach Juwan Howard Out Five Games
In the court of public opinion, Juwan Howard was immediately fired and banished to the depths of Hell for his postgame altercation with Wisconsin Assistant Coach Joe Krabbenhoft on Sunday. But in reality, the University of Michigan basketball coach will keep his job after taking a five-game suspension and paying a $40,000 fine.
The Big Ten, in collaboration with Michigan and Wisconsin, made the announcement after deciding Howard's fate on Monday.
Video of the altercation and the aftermath can be seen below.
In a public statement published by the Detroit News, Juwan Howard apologized for instigating the skirmish, saying his actions were unacceptable.
"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 in a statement. "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 went on to acknowledge that he failed to set a good example for the players on the team.
"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."
Impact of the Suspension
According to the Detroit News, Howard will be banned from attending team activities such as practices and film sessions during the suspension.
It is unclear whether Howard will be paid during his suspension.