Michigan Wolverines WiretapMay 2019 Michigan Wolverines Wiretap

Juwan Howard Says Topic Of Returning Final Four Banners Is 'On The Table'

May 31, 2019 1:51 AM

Juwan Howard said there would be a discussion on potentially bringing back Michigan's Final Four banners from the 1992 and 1993 seasons.

Howard was part of the Fab Five era that lead Michigan to back-to-back NCAA championship games.

NCAA sanctions forced Michigan to vacate victories from the two seasons, leading to the removal of the banners.

"We worked extremely hard. We sacrificed a lot, went through a ton of adversity, earned every minute of it. That is something on the table that we as [an athletic department staff] will definitely revisit. We're not making any promises. That's all I can say at this moment," responded Howard when asked about the topic during his introductory press conference as Michigan head coach.

Jimmy King, a member of the Fab Five, attended Howard's introduction and said that there would be no more hard feelings between the former teammates.

"We're not bringing any beef or drama here, anything that would distract from Juwan doing his best job here. Immediately, it's over. We will be here this year."

Dan Murphy/ESPN

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Jalen Rose: Juwan Howard Hire Heals Fab Five Wounds At Michigan

May 24, 2019 1:21 AM

Jalen Rose said that Juwan Howard's hiring as Michigan coach would resolve longstanding tension within the Fab Five, specifically between him and Chris Webber.

"There will be no splintering. There will be no disrespect. It's about following Juwan as the leader of the program," said Rose.

Rose added that he has no more "beef" with Webber, with the fracture of their relationship stemming from the fallout of a financial scandal during the Fab Five era. 

Webber agreed with Rose, adding that Howard's hire "would bring everyone back together." 


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Koby Altman Initiated Cavaliers' Interest In Hiring John Beilein

May 23, 2019 10:12 AM

Koby Altman was the driving force behind the Cleveland Cavaliers' decision to hire John Beilein as head coach.

The Cavaliers have been connected to college coaches such as Tom Izzo and John Calipari in the past.

“This narrative that I drove this (Beilein hiring) is wrong,” said Dan Gilbert. “A few weeks ago, Koby brought up John to me. I obviously knew who he was, but I never met him.

"Koby put the bug in my ear, and I became very interested.”

Gilbert explained how Altman had a group of eight front office people meet with Beilin.

“All eight loved him," said Gilbert. "All eight wanted to hire him. They were polled individually. That caught my attention. This was a week before I met with John.”

Gilbert went to meet Beilein in Ann Arbor at his home on May 10th.

“I asked him, ‘If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?’” said Gilbert. “Most people say, ‘I’m a workaholic…I’m a perfectionist.’ They rarely admit to anything they really need to change.”

But Beilein told Gilbert, “I sometimes make things a little too complicated. I have too many plays.”

That endeared Beilein to Gilbert: “I appreciated that answer. It also shows self esteem.”

Terry Pluto/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Michigan Wolverines, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Michigan Hires Juwan Howard As Head Coach

May 22, 2019 5:25 PM

Juwan Howard has reached agreement on a five-year contract to be the next head coach of Michigan.

Howard will replace John Beilein as head coach.

Howard became the front-runner once Providence's Ed Cooley withdrew from consideration and announced he was returning to the Friars.

Howard has been an assistant coach for the Miami Heat since 2013. Howard has also been a head coaching candidate for several NBA jobs.

Howard was a member of the Fab Five at Michigan and then played 19 seasons in the NBA.


Tags: Miami Heat, Michigan Wolverines, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Michigan Interviewing Juwan Howard, Ed Cooley For Coaching Vacancy

May 21, 2019 1:26 AM

University of Michigan will interview Juwan Howard and Ed Cooley as they look to replace John Beilein as head coach.

Cooley met with athletic director Warde Manuel on Monday.

Howard is expected to interview on Tuesday.

Current Michigan assistants Luke Yaklich and Saddi Washington are also said to be in the running to replace Beilein.

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

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Jalen Wilson Requests Release From Michigan Commitment

May 17, 2019 12:29 AM

Jalen Wilson has requested his release from Michigan after John Beilein's departure from the program.

"Due to the sudden head coaching change, I have requested my release from The University of Michigan, and will re-open my recruitment," Wilson wrote on Twitter.

Wilson is ranked #71 on ESPN's Top 100.

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

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John Beilein Agrees To Five-Year Deal To Become Head Coach Of Cavaliers

May 13, 2019 8:48 AM

John Beilein has agreed to a five-year contract to become head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Beilein had been head coach at the University of Michigan.

The Cavaliers have been linked to hiring a college coach for multiple cycles, most notably Tom Izzo and John Calipari.

Talks between the Cavaliers and Beilein escalated quickly over the weekend with a deal reached on Sunday.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Michigan Wolverines, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor