Surprising news trickled out of Ann Arbor on Monday, as Michigan head coach Juwan Howard announced that senior guard Zavier Simpson had been suspended and will not participate in Tuesday night’s game against Nebraska.
Simpson, who has never missed a game in a Michigan uniform, violated team policies according to Howard, but the head coach did not expound upon the situation that will sideline the star guard. Later on Monday, Howard provided an update, saying he’s not sure if Simpson’s actions will warrant a one-game suspension, or if he’ll miss even more games.
“We have to further look at this thing, deeper and deeper and see what we’re going to do moving forward,” Howard said while meeting with the media.
When asked if there would be additional ramifications for Simpson, Howard’s response was “not sure.”
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.
Michigan has hit some hard times recently on the court, losing five of its last six games, including four straight. It’s been a hard fall for the Wolverines, which were once ranked as the No. 4 team in the nation after wins over Iowa State, North Carolina and Gonzaga to claim the Battle 4 Atlantis title.
Even though the Wolverines could really use Simpson on the court, Howard made it clear that consequences will come to anyone who breaks team rules.
“Anyone, 1 through 16, I will hold accountable,” Howard said. “You break a team rule, you break a team rule, no matter who you are. No one is bigger or better than the team.”
Simpson has played in 135 career games at Michigan, making 85 starts.