Juwan Howard update: Michigan provides statement on Howard's status
Juwan Howard is set to return as Michigan’s head coach on Saturday against Eastern Michigan.
Howard has been recovering from offseason heart surgery and has now been medically cleared to return to the sidelines as the Wolverines’ head coach. That’s according to a statement released on Friday from Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel.
Manuel’s statement also addresses an incident that reportedly took place last week between Howard and a member of Michigan’s staff. The statement says the incident was reviewed but it was determined that no disciplinary action was warranted for “anyone involved.”
Here’s the full statement from Manuel:
“Juwan Howard will return to the Michigan bench Saturday (Dec. 16) against Eastern Michigan in his total capacity as head coach,” Manuel said in a statement Friday. “Coach Howard, his doctors and our medical experts remain aligned in taking this next step as he recovers from a September heart procedure.
We greatly appreciate associate head coach Phil Martelli’s guidance of our program on an interim basis to start the season. I want to personally thank Phil for what he has done in the past few months to lead the program. We will continue to benefit from his wisdom moving forward.
The return of our usual coaching structure comes after a review of an incident involving several individuals during a team practice last week. Based on a thorough internal review, nothing was found to warrant disciplinary action for anyone involved. As such, we will move forward with a focus on our team and our season.”
— Andy Katz (@TheAndyKatz) December 16, 2023
According to reports, Howard and longtime Michigan strength and conditioning coach Jon Sanderson were involved in a confrontation during practice last week.
Michigan basketball is off to a slow start this season. The Wolverines have struggled to replace the departed Hunter Dickinson, Jett Howard and Kobe Bufkin from last year’s team. They’re off to a 5-5 start so far in 2023-24.
Tipoff against Eastern Michigan is set for 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon.