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Juwan Howard Returning To Michigan As Head Coach Will Likely End Fab Five's Decade-Long Beef

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Juwan Howard has been hired by Michigan - his alma mater - as the head basketball coach. And his new gig is squashing some decade old Fab Five beef. More inside...

Juwan Howard has been hired by the University of Michigan - his alma mater - as the head basketball coach, accepting a five-year deal starting at $2 million annually. And he's uber excited about returning to his alma mater.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to lead the University of Michigan’s storied basketball program,” Howard said in a statement. “As a ‘Michigan Man,’ I know the place our program has in college basketball and I embrace the chance to build onto that history and lead us to championships both in the Big Ten and national level. I cannot wait to get started. It feels great to be coming home. Go Blue!”

Before nabbing this head coach position, he served as an assistant coach for the Miami Heat for the last six years. He's replacing John Beilein, who left on May 13th to become the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

His move is a big deal as it will potentially heal wounds that have existed with the Wolverines programs for decades.

During "Get Up!," former Fab Five member/ESPN analyst Jalen Rose said Howard's hiring resolves an ongoing beef that has been going on between former teammates within the school.

 

 

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

There has been a decade-long beef between Howard and his former teammate Chris Webber. These two have been at each other's necks and it came to a head when Webber skipped out on filming for ESPN's "30 For 30" documentary on the Fab Five team that debuted in 2011. The Fab Five was one of the most famous teams in college basketball history.

ESPN reports:

The Fab Five -- Rose, Webber, Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson -- were Michigan's 1991 recruiting class that would go on to national championship appearances in 1992 and 1993. The school later removed those Final Four banners from Crisler Arena as part of self-imposed sanctions that stemmed from one of the NCAA's largest financial scandals, which included a six-figure sum given to Webber by a booster.

On Friday, Webber, now a TNT analyst, said that Howard's hiring would be great for the university and "would bring everyone back together."

 

 

That's what's up! Glad they squashed their beef. Reunited and it feels sooooo good.

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