The college basketball world woke up to some surprising news on Monday morning when ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that John Beilein was leaving Michigan to coach the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.
Beilein had tremendous success in Ann Arbor, winning to B1G regular season titles, two B1G Tournament crowns and made a pair of Final Four visits. But after 12 years, he decided to try his hand at the NBA level.
So, now the big question for Michigan is who the program should target to be the next head coach. And ESPN analyst Jay Williams has a good idea of who should fill that role.
After learning the news about Beilein, Williams tweeted out that former Michigan star and Fab Five member Juwan Howard should be named the next head coach of the Wolverines.
“Juwan Howard needs to be the next head coach at [Michigan],” Williams wrote. “Bring back the culture of that program.”
— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) May 13, 2019
The idea of bringing Howard back to Ann Arbor is an interesting one. Williams’ statement about culture seems to be a bit off the mark, as Beilein ran one of the cleanest and most successful programs in college basketball.
Still, Howard could be an interesting target for the Wolverines. Not only does Howard bring knowledge and credibility to the program, he has also been on the Miami Heat staff since 2013. While he hasn’t been a head coach, he does bring experience to the table, as well.
Howard played at Michigan from 1991-94 and was a member of the Fab Five that included Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson.