Juwan Howard will not be coaching the Michigan Wolverines for the remainder of the regular season. The Michigan men’s basketball head coach recently took a swing at a Wisconsin assistant after a contentious game. The move has now resulted in stiff disciplinary action from the Big Ten Conference.

ESPN has reported that Juwan Howard has been suspended for five games (the remainder of Michigan’s regular season schedule) and must pay a $40,000 fine. The punishment comes after the Wolverines coach punched the Wisconsin assistant in the post-game handshake line. Wisconsin coach Greg Gard was also fined $10,000, but will not be suspended.

Several players were also suspended in the aftermath. Michigan forwards Terrance Williams and Moussa Diabate along with Wisconsin guard Jahcobi Neath will all have to sit out one game. The Big Ten coordinated the discipline with each respective school. Commissioner Kevin Warren said in a statement that he expects better from student-athletes.

“Big Ten Conference coaches and student-athletes are expected to display the highest level of sportsmanship conduct. I am grateful for the partnership with Michigan athletics director, Warde Manuel, and Wisconsin athletics director, Chris McIntosh.

Our expectation is that the incident yesterday will provide our coaches and student-athletes with the opportunity to reflect, learn and move forward in a manner that demonstrates decorum and leadership on and off of the court.”

Michigan will play four straight home games before visiting Ohio State for their season finale. The Wolverines are 14-11 and 8-7 in the Big Ten, so an NCAA Tournament bid was not likely. We will have to wait and see what kind of reaction Juwan Howard gets if Michigan qualifies for another postseason tournament.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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