Juwan Howard issues update on Zavier Simpson's status
Zavier Simpson hadn’t missed a game in his career at Michigan until Tuesday night, when he was suspended by head coach Juwan Howard for a violation of team rules. The starting guard did not play in the Wolverines’ 79-68 win over Nebraska.
At the time, Howard said he was unsure if there would be any further punishment for Simpson. On Friday, the Michigan head coach issued an update on his guard, saying Simpson will only serve a one-game suspension.
“After speaking with [Michigan athletic director] Warde [Manuel], before today’s practice and after my media availability, we agreed to lift Zavier’s suspension,” Howard said in a statement. “I am looking forward to moving on from this. Anything further will continue to be handled within.”
Howard did not provide any specifics on what led to Simpson’s suspension, leaving it at a “violation of team policies.”
This season, Simpson is averaging 12.8 points and 8.3 assists per game. He’s also posting 4.3 rebounds per game and is averaging more than 33 minutes per contest. In his career at Michigan, the senior guard has appeared in 135 games, making 85 starts.
Simpson will be on the floor Saturday afternoon as Michigan hosts No. 25 Rutgers. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.