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Report: Michigan basketball coach Juwan Howard suspended for rest of regular season

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Posted at 5:43 PM, Feb 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-21 18:43:06-05

Following the Wolverines' 77-63 loss to the Badgers, Michigan head coach Juwan Howard and Wisconsin coaches came to blows during the postgame handshake on Sunday.

Dan Wetzel reports Michigan will suspend men’s basketball coach Juwan Howard for the rest of the regular season, a source tells Yahoo! Sports.

The Wolverines have five games left in the regular season.

Following the Wolverines' 77-63 loss to the Badgers, Howard was not happy about the Badgers calling a late timeout and was visibly upset when he shook hands with Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard.

According to CNN and USA Today, Howard tried to breeze through the handshake line, but Gard placed his hand on Howard's chest to stop him.

Words were exchanged between the two, and shortly after that, Howard could be seen throwing an open-hand hit, striking Wisconsin assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft, CBS Sports reported.

A brawl then erupted.

According to the news outlets, CBS' broadcast showed Michigan's Terrance Williams II and Moussa Diabate, and Wisconsin’s Jahcobi Neath also threw punches.

During the postgame interview, Howard said he felt threatened and was trying to protect himself because he felt someone touch him, saying that “at that point, I felt it was time to protect myself," the Associated Press reported.

-The Associated Press contributed to this report.