2021-22 Season

Juwan Howard suspended for remainder of regular season; Diabate, Williams suspended for one game

Michigan head coach Juwan Howard will be suspended for Michigan’s five remaining regular-season games. Moussa Diabate, Terrance Williams and Jahcobi Neath will all be suspended for one game. No Wisconsin coaches are expected to be disciplined other than a fine for Greg Gard.

Here’s Michigan’s statement with quotes from Juwan Howard and Warde Manuel:

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — In response to today’s (Monday, Feb. 21) release of the Big Ten Conference’s findings and subsequent disciplinary decisions for the University of Michigan men’s basketball team, U-M’s Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics Warde Manuel and U-M’s David and Meredith Kaplan men’s basketball coach Juwan Howard have released the following statements.

U-M’s Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics Warde Manuel

“Today’s disciplinary actions underscore the seriousness with which we take the incident that unfolded on Sunday. Simply put, there is no room at U-M for the behavior we saw. We will learn from this incident as a department, work to improve ourselves while operating under a spotlight, and move forward in a positive light.”

U-M’s David and Meredith Kaplan men’s basketball coach Juwan Howard

“After taking time to reflect on all that happened, I realize how unacceptable both my actions and words were, and how they affected so many. I am truly sorry.”

“I am offering my sincerest apology to my players and their families, my staff, my family and the Michigan fans around the world. I would like to personally apologize to Wisconsin’s Assistant Coach Joe Krabbenhoft and his family, too.”

“Lastly, I speak a lot about being a Michigan man and representing the University of Michigan with class and pride, I did not do that, nor did I set the right example in the right way for my student-athletes. I will learn from my mistake and this mistake will never happen again. No excuses!”

Michigan News & Notes

» Michigan has fully accepted all disciplinary actions handed down from the Big Ten Conference.
» Effective immediately, Juwan Howard has been suspended for the remainder of the regular season. Prior to reinstatement, all parties will meet to make a final decision prior to the Big Ten Tournament and any postseason participation.
» The Wolverine will be led by associate head coach Phil Martelli, starting with U-M’s home game against Rutgers Feb. 23. Director of Basketball Operations Chris Hunter will have a temporary elevation to the third assistant position.
» U-M sophomore Terrance Williams II and freshman Moussa Diabate have been suspended for one game each for their involvement. Those suspensions take effect immediately.
» No further disciplinary actions or comments will be made publicly.

Here’s the full conference statement:

ROSEMONT, Ill. — In collaboration with University of Michigan and University of Wisconsin, the Big Ten Conference has reviewed the postgame physical altercation between the Michigan Wolverines and Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball teams on February 20, 2022, in Madison, Wisconsin.

It has been determined that there was a clear violation of the Big Ten Conference’s Sportsmanship Policy by Michigan Men’s Basketball Head Coach Juwan Howard. Additionally, the University of Wisconsin Men’s Basketball Head Coach Greg Gard was in violation of the conference’s sportsmanship policy.

For their roles in the altercation, Michigan’s Terrance Williams II (forward), Moussa Diabate (forward), and Wisconsin’s Jahcobi Neath (guard) were also in violation of the Big Ten Conference’s Sportsmanship Policy. Many members of the bench area for both teams, including assistant coaches, did not represent the level of sportsmanship that is expected from the Big Ten Conference and its member institutions.

“Big Ten Conference coaches and student-athletes are expected to display the highest level of sportsmanship conduct,” stated Commissioner Kevin Warren. “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.”

The University of Michigan Athletics Director, Warde Manuel proactively addressed a five-game suspension of his Head Coach, Juwan Howard with Commissioner Warren. Concluding an assessment of the incident, the conference and the University of Michigan reached alignment on Coach Howard’s disciplinary action.

The Big Ten Conference, in conjunction with the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin, are imposing the following disciplinary actions:

University of Michigan

Head Coach Juwan Howard
Coaching Suspension: Five games (remainder of the regular season)
Fine: $40,000.00

Student-Athlete Terrance Williams II
Suspension: One game (effective immediately)
Student-Athlete Moussa Diabate
Suspension: One game (effective immediately)

University of Wisconsin

Head Coach Greg Gard
Fine: $10,000.00
Student-Athlete Jahcobi Neath
Suspension: One game (effective immediately)


Notable Replies

  1. sportaddict144

    Where’s the announcement on Shabliss and Krabbypatties?

  2. Superfan16

    So what are the chances we actually get to run it back against Wisconsin in the BTT?

  3. laddergoat

    Figured this was coming, no word on any other suspensions?

  4. umhoops

    Second confirmation

  5. umhoops

    More should be coming tonight.

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