Former Michigan men’s basketball star Jalen Rose was present in Saturday’s 59-0 win over UConn, the Wolverines’ third straight win to open the season. He was a special guest of the men’s basketball head coach Juwan Howardhis former teammate of Fab Five fame, and watched from the sideline as Michigan played one of the worst teams in college football.
“First, shout to Juwan Howard and the entire Michigan basketball family, Lisa, who is always taking care of everything and it was great to be on the field at the Big House,” Rose said this week in Jalen and Jacoby. “Jacoby, I thought about your family. And I was looking at the score and how my guy (Blake Corum) was getting one, two, three, four, five touchdowns… I was loving it. I can’t even lie, I was like, ‘UConn, could you guys tag one time? Tag one time.’ It was an amazing weekend.”
Rose was trolling UConn’s ineptitude as a 50-point underdog in the game after co-host David Jacoby picked the Huskies to cover earlier in the week.
Rose has always been a strong supporter of Howard during his successful tenure as Michigan basketball coach. Earlier this year, he supported his friend’s decision to veto proposals from the Los Angeles Lakers, who were looking for Howard as head coach.
“The college coaching scene now rivals and or equals the work of the NBA because you no longer have to drop out of college to make good money,” he said. rose said in Jalen & Jacoby. “And then the other thing about a college job, you can be five years old, 10 years old, 15 years old, 20 years old… whoever gets the next job at the Lakers probably won’t have it in two or three years, even they make a good job because the current job is to win now with LeBron and AD When that roster changes and becomes a new iteration it may require a new coach.
“I’m glad he’s not interviewing for work. I’m not surprised he’s not interviewing for work.”
The reported link between Howard and the Lakers came about earlier during his coaching career. Before accepting the Michigan position in 2019, Howard was a strong contender for the Los Angeles position, a position that eventually went to Frank Vogel.
“Juwan understands that he came back to Ann Arbor to re-establish a championship, something we’ve only been able to do once,” Rose said.
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During his first three seasons as head coach at Michigan, Howard guided the Wolverines to a Big Ten title, two appearances on Sweet Sixteen and a trip to the Elite Eight. He was named the Associated Press National Coach of the Year for 2020-21 after winning the regular season crown and leading Michigan to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.