Juwan Howard's press conference mistake may be a minor NCAA violation
Michigan’s basketball season tips off against Appalachian State Tuesday, but new head coach Juwan Howard may have already committed an NCAA violation.
The former Wolverines star took the head coaching job after serving as an assistant in the NBA. Howard played in the NBA from 1994-2013 and was an assistant with the Miami Heat until his hiring by the Wolverines.
Unfortunately, Howard mentioned three specific recruits by name during his Monday press conference. According to Andrew Kahn with MLive.com, Howard mentioned specifics about Hunter Dickinson, Moses Moody, and Nimari Burnett in response to a general question about recruiting.
That is not allowed under NCAA rules:
After listing three unsigned prospects in the 2020 class, Howard gasped.
“I don’t know if I should be mentioning,” he started to say, before program spokesperson Tom Wywrot cut him off, saying, “No you should not.”
“Oh, shucks,” Howard said, a stunned look on his face. “That’s one of the NCAA rules I have to really get to understand. I’m learning throughout this process. That’s a part of the college coaching that’s different from the NBA coaching. But no excuses. I will learn these rules.”
If anything, it is a minor rule violation, but it is still something Michigan will have to take care of. Kahn mentioned that Wywrot will be checking in with Michigan’s compliance office as well as discussing the comments with AD Warde Manuel.