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Report: Former Wolverine Juwan Howard to become new Michigan head coach

Juwan Howard

Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard is expected to become the new head coach of the Michigan Wolverines, according to Miami Heat Beat.

Howard, a member of the iconic “Fab Five,” was among the candidates interviewed by the Los Angeles Lakers for their head coaching position after being an assistant coach on Erik Spoelstra’s staff for six seasons in Miami.

A Detroit native, Howard was viewed as the best choice left for Michigan after longtime coach John Beilein left to take the head coaching position with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

News of Providence head coach Ed Cooley signing a long-term extension penned Howard as a no-brainer option, bringing in a former alum and an experienced NBA journeyman to coach a program that has excelled in recent years under Beilein.

Howard played 19 seasons in the NBA, retiring in 2013 after playing his last three seasons with the Heat, mostly as a mentor for young players. The 6-foot-9 veteran would continue that role soon after, taking off the uniform and putting on the suit, joining Spoelstra on the coaching staff and becoming a respected member of a well-versed staff.

Howard then became part of the market for NBA head coaches, and soon after positions were filled, he eventually became a target for the school since Beilein took the Cavs job.

While Howard doesn’t have the bevy of coaching experience that Beilein brought with him to Ann Arbor, the hiring of a legend in the school’s program always brings a sense of comfort, one the Wolverines will welcome with open arms, hoping it translates into continued success.