3 realistic coaches to replace Juwan Howard for Michigan Basketball

Ever since the 2022 sweet 16 loss to Villanova, Michigan basketball has been in a downward spiral under the leadership of a Michigan legend.
Aaron J. Thornton/GettyImages
1 of 3

Juwan Howard's tenure at Michigan basketball won't get judged until the season is mercifully over. Until then they will have to live with the the losing results. When the offseason arrives Warde Manuel will either give him one last try or look elsewhere. He swears his way works, but the players and some fans feel otherwise.

He lost his best player to the transfer portal and the university's admissions have not helped him with recruits who committed to play for him either, although that will probably continue with a new coach too. If Manuel decides to pull the trigger to release Howard, then these are three coaches who realistically should be considered for the job.

1. T.J. Otzelberger Iowa State

Otzelberger is a two time Summit league champion at South Dakota State before taking the job at UNLV. In Vegas his best finish was second in his first season there. He moved up to Iowa State once they fired their previous coach, because of his history there. He hasn't had a losing season in Ames and is on pace to make three straight NCAA tournaments.

He is also given praise for being a top notch recruiter too. He is however 2-4 in the big dance, making it to the sweet 16 once in 2022. This year he holds wins over top 10 clubs Houston and Kansas and is sitting at the head of the Big 12 conference standings. His defense ranks sixth in giving up only 62 points per game, compared to the 80 that Howard's bunch allows.

Some will find humor in the fact that Otzelberger was also blamed for being a sign stealer. Kansas State claimed that Iowa State was pulling a Jim Harbaugh and stealing signals from their huddle in a game last week. Thus pushing the notion that he would fit right in at Michigan.