What’s subsequent for Michigan, Juwan Howard and faculty basketball after brawl self-discipline?
Michigan Wolverines coach Juwan Howard was suspended for the remainder of the regular season on Monday night time, a punishment handed down after the coach struck Wisconsin assistant Joe Krabbenhoft within the handshake line following the Badgers’ 77-63 win on Sunday afternoon. Michigan gamers Terrance Williams II and Moussa Diabate and Wisconsin guard Jahcobi Neath had been all suspended one recreation every for his or her function within the postgame brawl. Howard was additionally fined $40,000 for the incident, whereas Wisconsin coach Greg Gard was fined $10,000.
ESPN’s faculty basketball staff of Myron Medcalf, Jeff Borzello and John Gasaway weighed in on the appropriateness of the punishment, the way in which ahead for Michigan and for Howard following the ugly incident captured on Sunday afternoon community tv and the mandatory subsequent steps for faculty basketball.
Did you assume the punishment handed down following Sunday’s brawl was applicable? What are the implications of this episode for faculty basketball?
Medcalf: The penalty for Howard is smart — I figured we would not see him till the postseason. We have now not seen many — any? — conditions like that in faculty basketball. I additionally assume the suspension might need been prolonged due to Howard’s response after the sport. Within the postgame press convention, Howard missed his likelihood to say “my dangerous,” and that most likely price him with league and college officers. I additionally wouldn’t have been stunned if Greg Gard had been suspended for a recreation. When watching the video, you may see Gard aggressively seize Howard as Howard says, “Do not contact me.”
I additionally do not assume any gamers ought to have been suspended. As soon as the coaches lose their collective cool, it is troublesome for me to position the burden on the shoulders of student-athletes for no matter comes subsequent. However a punch is a punch, and that is why we’re principally speaking about Howard’s actions. This all unfolded on nationwide community TV on the primary non-NFL Sunday of 2022. And that is what hurts the game. As a substitute of speaking about Kentucky and Arizona and Auburn’s execs and cons or Johnny Davis vs. Oscar Tshiebwe within the Wood Award race, Sunday’s postgame incident is the No. 1 story in our sport. And when Howard returns, in time for the Huge Ten match, each story about faculty basketball will heart on him. It isn’t good for anybody concerned. What a large number, weeks earlier than the best occasion in sports activities begins.
Borzello: The penalty is suitable. When canvassing sources across the sport on Sunday night time, most appeared to assume wherever from the remainder of the common season to the remainder of common season and postseason could be the vary for Howard. No one thought firing ought to really be on the desk. I felt 5 video games would take advantage of sense. If the Wolverines had simply three video games left, like convention foe Purdue, I might have seen the league and college including the Huge Ten match on prime of the common season. However 5 video games actually appears applicable, when contemplating Howard has some historical past with coach confrontation. I assumed Gard would possibly get a recreation, as a result of as Myron notes he wasn’t innocent, however I do not assume zero is inappropriate. The gamers who had been suspended threw punches; that is primarily a no brainer by way of suspensions.
Michigan coach Juwan Howard strikes Wisconsin assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft within the handshake line after recreation between Badgers and Wolverines.
If the most important implication for faculty basketball is reassessing the necessary handshake line, I am all-in for that. We survived final season simply superb when the handshake line disappeared because of COVID, and I believe the game would thrive with out it. Do it just like the NBA — wave and retreat to your locker rooms. There’s loads of time earlier than and after video games to hug, change pleasantries, catch up, and so forth. You do not want a handshake line to do it.
Gasaway: Sure, the penalty’s applicable. Lacking 5 video games in February and March when your staff is enjoying for a match bid is a severe blow. One implication for faculty basketball is that each coach has now seen an occasion the place a disagreement over “the unwritten guidelines” resulted in a bodily altercation. We have all seen coaches brush previous one another within the handshake line, glower at one another and even have heated discussions due to a late timeout or dunk in a blowout. Coaches are extremely delicate to these perceived slights, and a sure phase of followers likes to debate the nuances of correct basketball etiquette in rubbish time. Understood, however this time it bought bodily. Possibly the NABC can move a decision as a reminder of handshake line widespread sense. Shake palms, frown if you want, comply with disagree and stroll away.
How does Juwan Howard come again from this, from a repute standpoint?
Borzello: Howard not apologizing on Sunday night time was a misstep on his half, however doing so on Monday night time was a step in the correct course. Except this turns into an everyday incidence in Howard’s profession, although, it would ultimately be forgotten or no less than overshadowed. Granted, he had the run-in with Mark Turgeon on the Huge Ten match and now this, however he did not have an erratic repute in his enjoying days so I doubt it will likely be one thing that pops up each season. Assuming he continues to win like he has and recruit like he has, individuals will focus way more on the on-court successes. Sunday night time’s incident will undoubtedly be a significant speaking level for the foreseeable future, although, and he will have a highlight on him transferring ahead.
Gasaway: Howard can come again from this via wins and staying away from something that even faintly resembles what passed off in Madison. There is definitely no prohibition on demonstrative and even downright offended coaches in Division I. Michigan’s head coach can occupy that area alongside along with his extra risky colleagues with out ever crossing the road once more. If Howard can keep away from five-game suspensions sooner or later, his document speaks for itself. His program earned a No. 1 seed in his second season, and he got here inside a 3-pointer of the Last 4. He introduced in one of many nation’s strongest recruiting lessons within the fall of his third yr. Clearly, the person can coach.
Jay Williams reacts to the battle in the course of the handshake line between Michigan and Wisconsin.
Medcalf: Nicely, we’re speaking about Rick Pitino probably getting one other Energy 5 job, Will Wade nonetheless teaching after a “strong-ass provide” leaked and Bruce Pearl maybe being nationwide coach of the yr. Reputations will be repaired. Clearly. It helps that Howard is teaching at a faculty the place he was as soon as a star. He’ll be shielded from the backlash in methods one other coach with out these ties won’t be. This is not that troublesome to decipher. If Howard wins and succeeds, this can ultimately be one thing that now not issues for him or his profession. He apologized lengthy earlier than his first press convention on the Huge Ten match and I assume he’ll say the correct issues when he returns. The concern needs to be, nonetheless, that athletic director Warde Manuel has actually given him the “by no means once more” speech. And now, individuals are going to look at him otherwise. On this sport, nonetheless, profitable makes dangerous days disappear. The identical can occur for Howard.
What are the basketball implications of the suspensions? What do you anticipate Michigan to be enjoying for when Howard returns to the sideline?
Gasaway: Moussa Diabate and Terrance Williams II had been each suspended for one recreation, and meaning they will miss a house date with Rutgers. That is an necessary recreation for Michigan, and the Wolverines shut at house with Illinois, Michigan State and Iowa earlier than going to Ohio State. The outstanding facet of all of that is that in the meanwhile UM may be very doubtless proper on the lower line for the sphere of 68. The stakes do not get any bigger. We have seen groups draw collectively when enjoying for an performing coach, and perhaps that would be the case right here with the Wolverines and Phil Martelli. It is that first recreation the place the suspensions are being served that I wish to see. That is when all of this can nonetheless really feel unusual and new, and Michigan might actually use that win towards the Scarlet Knights.
Juwan Howard and Greg Gard clarify their sides of the story on what led to the scuffle in the course of the handshake line.
Medcalf: This can be a massive growth for a staff that is combating to safe a spot within the NCAA match. In two of Michigan’s final three video games — losses to Ohio State and Wisconsin — the Wolverines didn’t appear like an NCAA match staff. And an upcoming stretch that features a sizzling Rutgers squad, Illinois, Michigan State, a feisty Iowa staff and Ohio State (in Columbus) might damage any at-large hopes for this staff that now has to maneuver ahead with out its head coach. Ask Louisville what life is like for 5 or 6 video games with out your head coach. It will possibly change every part. Michigan is 7-4 in its final 11 video games. This can be a proficient squad even with out Diabate and Williams. Two weeks in the past, the Wolverines crushed Purdue, a legit nationwide title contender. They’ll actually decide up just a few wins and solidify their résumé earlier than Howard returns. However issues may also collapse and so they might enter the Huge Ten match in desperation mode.
Borzello: For a staff proper on the bubble, shedding your head coach for 5 video games, a beginning ahead for one recreation and a rotation piece for one recreation is just not a optimistic. However Michigan has 4 house video games earlier than ending the season on the street at Ohio State — so the schedule, from a location perspective, is favorable. The schedule, from a contest standpoint, is just not favorable; all 5 remaining opponents are doubtless NCAA match groups. Diabate and Williams will miss Wednesday’s recreation at Rutgers. Diabate had the very best recreation of his faculty profession final week towards Iowa, going for 28 factors and eight boards, whereas Williams has been the primary frontcourt participant off the bench. On the teaching entrance, having Phil Martelli — an ultra-experienced head coach — taking the reins ought to preserve issues comparatively steady. Michigan has loads of possibilities to enhance its résumé within the subsequent two weeks — and I believe they get sufficient wins to have Howard again for what’s going to primarily be a “win one recreation and get a bid” Huge Ten match for the Wolverines.