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Reaction to postgame brawl between Michigan’s Juwan Howard and Wisconsin’s Greg Gard

Juwan Howard was warmed up when he joined the handshake line after the 77-63 loss to the Wisconsin Badgers on Sunday afternoon. He said after the game he didn’t like the timeouts requested by Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard with less than a minute left, leading in double digits.

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“I didn’t like the timeout they called, and I’m totally honest with you,” Howard said. “I thought it wasn’t necessary at the moment, especially since it was a big lead. I thought it wasn’t fair to our guys. That’s what happened.”

Howard said someone touched him and he didn’t appreciate it. “It was made worse,” he said. Gard told CBS after the game on the court a similar story.

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“Apparently he didn’t like me calling the timeout to reset the 10 second call. Because we only had four seconds to get the ball through half the pitch,” a- he said “I had all my bench guys in the game. I didn’t want to put them in that scrambling position with only four seconds left. So I took a time out and we got another 10 seconds and it helped them get organized and get the ball in. He didn’t like it when it went through the handshake line. I’ll leave it at that and the tape with will show the rest.

An hour and a half after the game ended, the Big Ten Conference responded with a statement:

“The Big Ten conference is aware of a physical altercation involving Michigan head coach Juwan Howard at the end of the Michigan Wolverines and Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball game. The conference is in contact with both member institutions and is currently assessing the incident. The conference will provide more information and take prompt and appropriate disciplinary action when it completes its review.

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We reached out to the University of Michigan for comment and received a statement from Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel.

“I am aware of and have watched the end of our men’s basketball game. There is no excuse for any of our staff or student-athletes to get into a physical altercation with any others, regardless of the factors that prompted it. I have reached out and apologized to Chris McIntosh and President Coleman has contacted Chancellor UW Blank to apologize for the totally unacceptable behavior. We will look into the situation further and will work with the Big Ten Conference as they determine their disciplinary action and determine if further disciplinary action is warranted.

The story has been buzzing on social media all day. Some are calling for Howard’s dismissal. Others say he deserves a suspension.

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