Michigan Basketball: 3 takeaways from a poverty-riddled season

From March mania to March misery Michigan basketball is in a unfamiliar and unwanted spot heading in to its offseason much earlier than anticipated.

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3. What is the nature of Juwan Howard's job security?

This is the million dollar question for those pondering the notion. Michigan basketball hasn't been this prolifically bad since before John Beilein took over for Tommy Amaker. Heck it dated all the way back to the sixties when Dave Strack was coach. Everyone knows what happened after Beilein put his touch on the program. Virtually unlimited success that coaches, universities and fans all strive for. Howard was given the program in great, not good hands. Five years later and he went from 23 wins to 24 losses.

Patience will be required if a coaching search ensues, but if not, Howard must work harder then ever before. He has to hit the portal again to find a handful a players and prays that the roster somehow stays intact. He has some building blocks for the future, but its too early to know what these kids will do in such a leave at any cost type of portal world nowadays.


He has a recruiting class that is brimming with talent, but could fall apart if the whole thing is blown up. John Beilein is available and so is Luke Yaklich. Star coaches in the making like T.J Otzelberger, Dusty May and Brian Dutcher might jump at the chance to see if they can win in the Big Ten, but it's all up to one man who let Erik Bakich, John Beilein and Jim Harbaugh leave after all of them made it to the pinnacle of their respective sports.