After Wisconsin routed his group, 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 Heat assistant coach and a member of Michigan’s famed Fab Five recruiting class within the early Nineteen 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. As the coaches have been separated by law enforcement officials, assistant coaches and gamers, Howard landed a right-handed slap on Krabbenhoft’s head. Players from each groups then started pushing and shoving each other.
Howard might be suspended for “no more than two contests” and fined as much as $10,000, in accordance with the Big Ten Conference’s Sportsmanship Policy, and both Michigan or the convention’s Group Executive Committee may elect to impose extra penalties. The Big Ten mentioned in a press release that it was conscious of the incident.
“The conference is in contact with both member institutions and is currently assessing the incident,” the assertion mentioned. “The conference will provide more information and will take swift and appropriate disciplinary action when it completes its review.”
Michigan’s athletic director, Warde Manuel, mentioned in a press release he apologized to his Wisconsin counterpart, Chris McIntosh.
“There is no excuse for any of our staff or student-athletes to get into a physical altercation with others regardless of instigating factors,” he mentioned.
Manuel added: “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.”
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 called a timeout to reset the 10-second call,” Gard instructed CBS. “We only had four seconds to get the ball over half-court and I didn’t want to put my backups — I had all my bench guys in the game — I didn’t want to put them in that position of scrambling with only four seconds, so I took a timeout and it got us a new 10 seconds and it helped them to get organized to get the ball in.”
He added: “He did not like that when he came through the handshake line. I’ll leave it at that and the tape will show the rest.”
Howard mentioned he objected to Gard initiating contact within the handshake line.
“Well, basically I addressed with the head coach that I will remember that because of that timeout, and for someone to touch me, and I think that was very uncalled-for for him to touch me as we were verbalizing and communicating with one another,” Howard instructed reporters. “So that’s what ended up happening and that’s what escalated it.”
Sunday was not the primary time Howard had been concerned in an altercation with one other Big Ten coach. During the 2021 convention event, 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 Big 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. event. The Wolverines have been ranked as excessive as No. 4 earlier within the season however haven’t been within the prime 25 because the Nov. 29 Associated Press ballot.
A yr in the past, Michigan received the Big Ten regular-season title and misplaced to U.C.L.A. within the spherical of 8 within the N.C.A.A. event.