No decision yet by basketball officials on Michigan coach Howard striking Wisconsin assistant

Big Ten Conference officials said they plan to "take swift and appropriate disciplinary action when it completes its review"
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College basketball officials as of Monday afternoon had yet to make an announcement on whether they'd impose disciplinary action on University of Michigan head coach Juwan Howard for striking an assistant University of Wisconsin coach after a game over the weekend. 

The incident occurred in the handshake line after the Michigan's 77-63 to the No. 15 ranked Wisconsin, apparently over the Badgers calling a late timeout with the double-digit lead.

The incident started when Howard and Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard appeared to have words and touch hands, which was followed by Howard grabbing Gard's sweater and pointing a finger in his face. 

Officials for the Big Ten Conference, in which both teams play, said Sunday night it planned to "take swift and appropriate disciplinary action when it completes its review."

After the Howard-Gard exchange, Howard later reached through a crowd of players and coaches to get to assistant coach Joe Krabbenhoft.

Videos of the incident show Howard with an open hand striking Krabbenhoft on the left side of the head.

During his postgame news conference, Howard said he didn't like Wisconsin calling for a timeout with 15 seconds left and the Badgers leading by 15, according to the Associated Press.

Gard said he called the timeout because his reserves were in the game and had four seconds left to get the ball past mid-court.

A timeout gives them 10 seconds.

The video also appeared to show Michigan's Moussa Diabate and Wisconsin's Jahcobi Neath throwing punches.

Gard, in the video, appears to touch Howard's arm or wrist while trying to explain why he called the timeout.

"Someone touched me, and I think it was very uncalled for," Howard said. "That’s what escalated it."

Wisconsin athletic director Chris McIntosh said Wisconsin had staff members who "affected and injured" in the incident.

Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel issued a statement saying that he had apologized to McIntosh and that Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman had contacted Wisconsin Chancellor Rebecca Blank "to apologize for the totally unacceptable behavior," the wire service also reports

Last season, Howard got into a shouting match with then-Maryland coach Mark Turgeon and had to be restrained, also according to the Associated Press.