(CTN News) – The University of Michigan is currently investigating a confrontation that occurred between Michigan Wolverines head coach Juwan Howard and longtime strength and conditioning coach Jon Sanderson.
According to a report by Brendan Quinn from The Athletic, this incident took place last week before Michigan’s recent victory against Iowa. Although Sanderson did not accompany the team for the game, he is still a part of the program.
A source from Maize n Brew confirmed that Sanderson voluntarily chose not to travel to Iowa, and this decision was not made by the program or university.
Contrary to rumors circulating on social media, Quinn, Josh Henschke from the Maize & Blue Review, and Sam Webb from The Michigan Insider have stated that the altercation between Juwan Howard and Sanderson was purely verbal and did not escalate to a physical confrontation.
The incident is currently undergoing a review process by the university, which is standard procedure for such matters and is being conducted independently from the athletic department.
Howard has been in the process of recovering from heart surgery since September and has not yet fully resumed his role as the team’s head coach. He made a return to the bench to observe the games during the Battle 4 Atlantis, but has been functioning in an assistant coaching capacity since then.
During Juwan Howard’s recovery, Phil Martelli has been serving as the interim head coach. Martelli provided details about the coaching staff’s responsibilities to the media after the Battle 4 Atlantis. He handles substitutions and sideline out-of-bounds plays, while Howard Eisley and Saddi Washington serve as offensive and defensive coordinators respectively. Juwan Howard, on the other hand, assists with various aspects of coaching.
It remains uncertain when Juwan Howard will officially resume his position as head coach.
Sanderson has been the head strength and conditioning coach for the men’s basketball team, as well as Michigan’s men’s and women’s golf programs, since 2009. He has played a crucial role in the physical development of players and is well-known for helping Nik Stauskas gain 16 pounds of muscle before his outstanding season in 2013-14.
He has also recently worked with current players Dug McDaniel and Tarris Reed Jr. during the offseason.
We can expect to learn more about this incident once the review process is completed. Maize n Brew is actively seeking additional information regarding the incident and will continue to provide updates as the situation unfolds.
Following their victory over Iowa on Sunday, the Wolverines now hold a 5-5 record for the year and are 1-1 in conference play.
Their next game is scheduled for Saturday, December 16, when they will host Eastern Michigan. The game is set to begin at 2:30 p.m. and will be televised on the Big Ten Network.