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Michigan announces Juwan Howard as new head coach

Michigan made it official this evening and announced that Juwan Howard is its new head basketball coach.

Per the release, Howard agreed to a five-year deal, starting at $2 million annually, with a base salary of $400,000.

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Here are the official quotes from Warde Manuel and Juwan Howard on the hire:

“We have found someone with high integrity, great character and a coach who has unbelievable knowledge of the game of basketball,” said Manuel. “Juwan has proven himself to be a tremendous leader, a wonderful communicator and a developer of talent. We couldn’t have asked for a better role model for the young men in our program. We are excited to welcome back a member of the family to Ann Arbor.”

“I am very excited about the opportunity to lead the University of Michigan’s storied basketball program,” said Howard. “I have been very fortunate to be part of a great championship organization in the Miami Heat for the last nine years — three as a player and six as a coach. It was always going to take something incredibly special to for me to leave Miami; however, I know in my heart this is the right place and the right time.

“As a ‘Michigan Man’ I know the place our program has in college basketball and I embrace the chance to build onto that history and lead us to championships both in the Big Ten and national level. We will continue to develop young men on the court, in the classroom and in the community that our fan base will continue to be proud of.

“I want to sincerely thank Warde Manuel, President Mark Schlissel and all the great people at the University for entrusting me with this opportunity. I cannot wait to get started.

“It feels great to be coming home. Go Blue!”

Notable Replies

  1. Random_Noise

    I’ve given this some thought and believe Juwan should hire Dylan as an analyst ASAP.

  2. umhoops

    I would suggest you get used to it :rofl:

  3. goblue8

    Things that make you go hmmm considering we are looking for a hc to be a assistant

  4. SpikeNovak

    Warde has me ready to run through a brick wall right now jeez… i love this program so much.

    Juwan’s emotion meant a lot to me even though he kind of fumbled the Q+A you could tell he was just so overwhelmed by the moment and is so deeply happy to be here

  5. jemblue

    So at the time Juwan was hired, we had already lost Poole, Iggy and Matthews to the pros, Jalen Wilson had decommitted, Cole Bajema’s status was uncertain, rival schools were recruiting our current players to transfer, and Franz Wagner was looking doubtful. The makeup of next year’s roster was extremely uncertain.

    While Wilson got away (Juwan may not have had much of a chance) all of the current players stayed on board, Bajema reaffirmed his commitment, and now Wagner committed. That’s a pretty good transition.

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