I love, LOVE the hiring of Juwan Howard as head coach of the Michigan Wolverines’ men’s basketball team.
I thought it was bold, and VERY outside the box. Hell, one has to think Michigan’s administration has nothing to lose with this hire. If anything, there are more positives than negatives.
This should do wonders for recruiting. Recruits know Howard was an NBA player who had connections to the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and many others. Those same recruits should also know that Howard was a member of the famed “Fab Five” which included Jalen Rose, Chris Webber, Ray Jackson and Jimmy King.
Speaking of the Fab Five, the hiring of Howard should go a much longer way of healing the wounds between them and the university.
There should be no more awkwardness between the likes of Rose and Webber and the school. The current players will benefit having those two, in addition to Howard, around to pick their brains and learn what Michigan basketball is all about.
And what I really love about this move is that it reportedly ends the biggest beef of all: the one between Rose and Webber.
Rose said it himself on ESPN’s “Get Up!” this morning:
“We’re not going to bring that [their beef] to Ann Arbor’s campus with Juwan Howard as our head coach.”
Now does Michigan bringing Howard in to lead its basketball squad? Of course it does. He’s never had a head coaching job, let alone at a major college program. Hell, he may fall on his face for all we know.
I just think that the one thing Michigan needed was positive buzz after former coach John Beilein left to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Howard hire is bringing it in spades…