After Wisconsin routed his team, 77-63, Sunday afternoon, Michigan Coach Juwan Howard slapped Joe Krabbenhoft, a Wisconsin assistant coach, in the head during the postgame handshake line, precipitating a scrum between the two teams.
Howard, the former Miami Heat assistant coach and a member of Michigan’s famed Fab Five recruiting class in the early 1990s, originally did not enter the handshake line but then came in late. Wisconsin Coach Greg Gard at first appeared to use his left hand to grab at Howard’s right elbow to stop him so they could talk.
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Juwan Howard then appeared to tug at Gard’s shirt, pointing his index finger in Gard’s face and getting into a heated discussion with Gard. As the coaches were separated by police officers, assistant coaches, and players, Howard landed a right-handed slap on Krabbenhoft’s head. Players from both teams then began pushing and shoving one another.
Howard could be suspended for “no more than two contests” and fined up to $10,000, in accordance with the Big Ten Conference’s Sportsmanship Policy, and either Michigan or the conference’s Group Executive Committee could elect to impose additional penalties. The Big Ten said in a statement that it was aware of the incident.