Multiple sources are reporting that former Fab Five standout Juwan Howard will be the next Michigan men’s basketball head coach. The U-M Athletic Department has not made any official announcement.
Others rumored to have been considered or interested in the position included NBA coaches Billy Donovan and Brad Stevens, Texas Tech’s Chris Beard, Texas head coach Shaka Smart, Providence head coach Ed Cooley and Butler’s LaVall Ball. Internal candidates included U-M assistants Luke Yaklich and Saddi Washington.
According to the Detroit Free Press: “U-M formally offered its head coaching job to Howard on Wednesday morning, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation. As of late morning, the deal was still being negotiated and nothing had been signed by either party.”
As of Wednesday evening, the deal is reported to be for five years.
The Fab Five, which included Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson, served as regular starters during their freshman and sophomore years for the 1991–92 and 1992–93 Wolverines. Although many of the Wolverines’ accomplishments from 1992 to 1998 were forfeited due to the University of Michigan basketball scandal, which involved booster payments to players to launder money from illegal gambling, Howard’s 1993–94 All-American season continues to be recognized.
Howard, the last member of the Fab Five to remain active as a professional basketball player, played six-and-a-half seasons (1994–2001) for the Bullets franchise (renamed the Wizards in 1997), three full seasons (2004–07) for the Houston Rockets, two plus seasons for the Heat and shorter stints for several other teams.
On Tuesday morning in Independence, Ohio, John Beilein — the former coach of Michigan basketball — was formally introduced as the new head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. “I left the greatest university in the world,” Beilein said. “Some of you Ohio State people may not agree with that. I left a place that was special to (wife) Kathleen and our entire family to come to a place that I think is equally special.”
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