It may have been accidental, but the University of Michigan's new head men's basketball coach, Juwan Howard, has already run afoul of NCAA rules before he's even had his first game. While appearing on Jim Rome's radio show, Howard was asked about the possibility of Franz Wagner, the younger brother of former Michigan player Moe Wagner, coming to Ann Arbor next season, and his response was a little too specific.
The head coach gave an update in saying that the younger Wagner is currently choosing between playing professional basketball in Germany or coming over and playing for the Wolverines. That's all well and good, but disclosing such information about a potential recruit is an NCAA violation, albeit a minor one. It is likely that Howard had no idea he was committed a recruiting infraction here, but the new head coach is going to have to familiarize himself with that handbook if he wishes to avoid further implications.
For now, he's likely to be let off the hook without facing any real penalties.
Wagner is currently deciding whether or not to commit, but the Maize and Blue faithful still quite fond of older brother Moe will surely hope he does. Michigan currently has a need at Franz's small forward position, after all. If and when he's signed his letter of intent, expect to hear Juwan Howard finally speaking on the record again.