ANN ARBOR, Mich. — In response to today’s (Monday, Feb. 21) release of the Big Ten Conference’s findings and subsequent disciplinary decisions for the University of Michigan men’s basketball team, U-M’s Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics Warde Manuel and U-M’s David and Meredith Kaplan men’s basketball coach Juwan Howard have released the following statements.
U-M’s Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics Warde Manuel
“Today’s disciplinary actions underscore the seriousness with which we take the incident that unfolded on Sunday. Simply put, there is no room at U-M for the behavior we saw. We will learn from this incident as a department, work to improve ourselves while operating under a spotlight, and move forward in a positive light.”
U-M’s David and Meredith Kaplan men’s basketball coach Juwan Howard
“After taking time to reflect on all that happened, I realize how unacceptable both my actions and words were, and how they affected so many. I am truly sorry.”
“I am offering my sincerest apology to my players and their families, my staff, my family and the Michigan fans around the world. I would like to personally apologize to Wisconsin’s Assistant Coach Joe Krabbenhoft and his family, too.”
“Lastly, I speak a lot about being a Michigan man and representing the University of Michigan with class and pride, I did not do that, nor did I set the right example in the right way for my student-athletes. I will learn from my mistake and this mistake will never happen again. No excuses!”
Michigan News & Notes
» Michigan has fully accepted all disciplinary actions handed down from the Big Ten Conference.
» Effective immediately, Juwan Howard has been suspended for the remainder of the regular season. Prior to reinstatement, all parties will meet to make a final decision prior to the Big Ten Tournament and any postseason participation.
» The Wolverines will be led by associate head coach Phil Martelli, starting with U-M’s home game against Rutgers Feb. 23. Director of Basketball Operations Chris Hunter will have a temporary elevation to the third assistant position.
» U-M sophomore Terrance Williams II and freshman Moussa Diabate have been suspended for one game each for their involvement. Those suspensions take effect immediately.
» No further disciplinary actions or comments will be made publicly.
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