When John Beilein was hired by the Cleveland Cavaliers two weeks ago, rumors immediately started swirling regarding who would take his coveted role at the University of Michigan. Ultimately, the team decided to keep the gig in the family, and you can see how much the reunion meant to Howard just by watching the first 30 seconds of his introductory presser.
Howard, of course, has a history with Michigan -- he was a member of the Fab Five team that participated in back-to-back national championship games, and spent three years in the blue and maize. His history with Michigan has been heavily covered by media both past and present, with many referring to his recruiting class at Michigan as one of the best of all time.
As for the current Wolverines, they turn to Howard as the man to lead them just two seasons removed from an appearance in the national championship, a game they lost to the Villanova Wildcats. They earned a No. 2 seed in March Madness in 2019, but ducked out to Texas Tech in the Sweet 16.
We won't know until next February if this was a successful pairing or not. For now, though, we can simply appreciate the emotion that sports bring out in people, especially when they're allowed to return home after so long.