Michigan vs. Wisconsin Battle: Joanne Howard has been suspended for the remainder of the regular season; Greg Jared hit okay

Michigan club Joan Howard announced a five-game ban for his role in a post-game brawl after the Wolverines’ loss in Wisconsin on Sunday, which will keep him far from the sidelines for the remainder of the regular season, Big Ten announced Monday. He’s the only coach involved in Sunday’s brawl to face a suspension, although three players — Moussa Diabatti of Michigan, Terrence Williams II and Jahkobi Neith of Wisconsin — each received suspensions for one game. Howard was also fined $40,000 from the league and Wisconsin coach Greg Jard was fined $10,000.

“Big Ten coaches and student-athletes are expected to display the highest level of sportsmanship,” Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said in a statement announcing the fines and suspension. “I am grateful to partner with Michigan Director of Athletics, Ward Manuel and Director of Wisconsin Games, Chris McIntosh. We expect yesterday’s incident to provide coaches and student-athletes with an opportunity to reflect, learn and move forward in a way that demonstrates fitness and leadership on and off the court.”

The penalties come after a brawl that began when Howard hit Wisconsin assistant Joe Krabenhoft after a tense exchange with Jared on the handshake line after the match. Jared’s decision to call the timeout 15 seconds before the match and the Badgers to have a 15-point lead left Howard infuriated. With the Wolverines maintaining full field pressure after Wisconsin went into a lineup of infantry and reserve, Jared later clarified that he called the timeout to help his team avoid a 10-second violation. But she did not get along with Howard.

“I didn’t like the lead time they called, I’ll be completely honest,” Howard said. “I thought it wasn’t necessary at that moment, especially with it being such a big advance… I thought it wasn’t fair to our guys.”

After Monday’s penalty, Howard issued an apology.

“After taking some time to reflect on all that had happened, I realized how unacceptable my actions and words were, and how they affected so many. I am truly sorry,” Howard said. “My sincerest apologies to the players, their families, staff, family, and Michigan fans around the world. I would like to personally apologize to Wisconsin assistant coach Joe Krabenhoft and his family as well.”

The ordeal brought a swift reprimand from Michigan Athletic Director Ward Manuel on Sunday, and the Big Ten vowed to “take prompt and appropriate disciplinary action upon completion of their review.”

Howard’s suspension comes with Michigan needing a late raise to reach the NCAA Championship. The Wolverines are one of the “top four” of the anticipated NCAA Tournament, according to CBS Sports Bracketology expert Jerry Palm. Their next game comes on Wednesday against Rutgers.

The program has a natural filling of staff at Associate Head Coach Phil Martelli. Joseph’s longtime former coach is in his third season on the Howard crew after a 24-year career at Atlantic-10.

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