In the last minute of Wednesday’s 80-76 loss against North Carolina, Michigan men’s basketball coach Juwan Howard was unable to hold his composure.
With 36 seconds remaining and the Tar Heels leading 77-71, Howard lost his temper with an official on the sidelines. Video footage of the event shows the coach yelling violently while being detained by his own players.
Howard, who is in his fourth season with the Wolverines, looked to lash out against Michigan teammates as they took him off the field. It appears that he told one of his teammates, “Don’t f—ing touch me.”
The Wolverines have lost three of their last five games to drop to 7-4 on the year. The loss at North Carolina (9-4) was the Wolverines’ fourth non-conference defeat, following losses to Arizona State, Kentucky, and Virginia.
Michigan falls to 7-4 with four losses against each of the four projected NCAA teams it faced in non-conference play. Juwan Howard resents defeat. pic.twitter.com/2N9hnUoDUa
— Dariush Takhtehchian, M.D (@takhtehchianmd) December 22, 2022
On December 21, 2022, Michigan’s men’s basketball coach Juwan Howard argues with an official during the final minute of Michigan’s 80-point loss against North Carolina.
This is not the first time during a game that Howard has lost his anger. Last season, the Michigan coach struck Wisconsin assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft, resulting in a fight between the two teams on the court.
At the time, Howard stated that he felt the “urge to defend himself” after stating that “someone touched me” and events then escalated.
On December 21, 2022, Michigan coach Juwan Howard (left) speaks with Wolverines player Jeff Howard (right) during a loss to North Carolina.
Howard, a member of Michigan’s Fab Five in the early 1990s, was fined $40,000 and suspended five games for the remainder of the regular season.