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Michigan reportedly hires Juwan Howard

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© Steve Mitchell | USATSI

Who will replace John Beilein at the University of Michigan? According to multiple reports, former Wolverine and NBA star Juwan Howard. Jon Rothstein says Michigan is expected to hire Howard, with a press conference coming either late this week or early next week.

Howard, who played for Michigan from 1991-94 and had a 19-year NBA career, has been member of the Miami Heat coaching staff under Erik Spoelstra since 2013. He has zero head coaching experience and zero college coaching experience.

This morning, Howard’s wife teased the move on social media:

Between Penny Hardaway at Memphis, Jerry Stackhouse at Vanderbilt, and now, it seems, Howard at Michigan, some athletic directors are clearly willing to sacrifice coaching experience in hopes an NBA name will boost recruiting.

UPDATE: According to Jeff Goodman, Howard and Michigan agreed to a five-year deal.


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7 Comments for Michigan reportedly hires Juwan Howard

  1. VirginiaCat
    2:29 pm May 22, 2019 Permalink

    It’s not just a matter of sacrificing coaching experience in hopes that NBA playing experience will boost recruitment. It’s also about relative youth and race. If I am a black recruit, experience, youth, and race are all factors.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:57 pm May 22, 2019 Permalink

      Great point. Those are probably the reasons all of the high profile white coaches can only recruit white guys, and the ancient Coach K is struggling with recruiting.

    • nocode96
      3:44 pm May 22, 2019 Permalink

      I still can’t log in on the app, so I’m very quiet on here and only go through the trouble of logging in on desktop and replying if it’s a great comment. Virginiacat, you make very solid points and to a degree, I agree with you. But clutch…your comment is one of my favorite ever! Nicely said.

  2. davisfeathers
    3:07 pm May 22, 2019 Permalink

    Patrick Ewing, Bobby Hurley, Dan Majerle, Donyell Marshall, Aaron McKie, Terry Porter, Damon Stoudamire……. He’ll have to break the norm of good NBA players that are just ok cbb coaches.

  3. eyebleedblue
    3:27 pm May 22, 2019 Permalink

    It is a great point. Should be easy to recruit with NBA experience in the beginning, but if you don’t win like Avery Johnson it will be short lived. Coach k is an awful comparison since he’s been at Duke for 38 seasons. Duke will recruit well after he is gone for a decade no matter who the coach is.

  4. RealCatsFan
    3:33 pm May 22, 2019 Permalink

    Haven’t any of these schools been watching what happened at Bama?

  5. plumloopy
    4:55 pm May 22, 2019 Permalink

    Clyde Drexler….