Michigan has its next head men’s basketball coach. Juwan Howard is coming home.
Over the last few days, it appeared to be trending toward the Wolverines hiring the former Fab Five star. Now, Howard has accepted the position, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein and Stadium’s Jeff Goodman.
A press conference to formally announce the move could come in the next two days or after the holiday weekend, per Rothstein.
Sources: Michigan is expected to hire Miami Heat assistant Juwan Howard as its next head basketball coach. Press Conference will be either late this week or early next week.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 22, 2019
According to Goodman, it will be a five-year deal for Howard, who has never coached at the college level before. Since 2013, he’s been an assistant coach with the NBA’s Miami Heat.
Juwan Howard has agreed to a 5-year deal to become the Michigan head coach, source told @Stadium.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) May 22, 2019
There have been a number of instances where a player took over his alma mater with limited or no college coaching experience. Usually, those situations don’t work out in the long run, but Howard could buck that trend.
For one, he’s taking over a program that is in excellent shape, as opposed to one that needs to be totally rebuilt. Not to mention, he has endorsements from a number of prominent NBA players, including LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
Time will tell if Howard pans out, but there are some reasons to be excited if you’re a Michigan fan.