After dodging questions about Zavier Simpson’s status at today’s afternoon availability, Juwan Howard announced that Zavier Simpson has been reinstated and will play on Saturday against Rutgers.
“After speaking with Warde (Manuel) before today’s practice and after my media availability, we agreed to lift Zavier’s suspension,” said Howard. “I am looking forward to moving on from this. Anything further will continue to be handled within.”
Simpson missed Michigan’s game at Nebraska on Tuesday for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
“This past weekend, I made some disappointing decisions which violated our team rules. I accept full responsibility and having to sit out the Nebraska game was part of that,” Simpson said in a prepared statement. “I deserved it and fully supported coach Howard’s decision. Not being with my teammates made it a long night, however, it gave me the time to reflect.
“I know I let my coaches, teammates, and fans down as well as athletic department and community members. More importantly, I let myself and family down. They say you learn something new, or from something, every day and this is one of those times.
“I have apologized to my team and now apologize to everyone who continues to support me as well as our program. I am grateful for the opportunity to get back on the court Saturday and to represent this great university. Go Blue!”