If you’re familiar with Mike Francesa, the popular radio show host on WFAN in New York City, you already know the Michigan Wolverines men’s basketball team just struck gold.
Francesa is known for his huge swings and misses on predictions in the past. He gave his take on Michigan’s new hire, Juwan Howard, during Wednesday’s show.
“Michigan just screwed up royally,” said Francesa.
The WFAN host later added, “He (Howard) is so ill-prepared to be the head coach at Michigan, in one of the toughest conferences in the country. That is, in my regard, a terrible hire. Nothing to do with him, he’s just not prepared. Plus, he’s replacing one of the best coaches in the country.”
To say Francesa is bad at his job would be the understatement of the century. Just this past NFL postseason, he went 2-9 to cap off a miraculous 23-36 record during the regular season.
Over the years, Francesa has tons of infamous wrong calls like saying Ezekiel Elliott was a bad draft choice by the Dallas Cowboys. And who could forget the time he said that Ryan Fitzpatrick was better than Drew Brees?
Needless to say, this won’t be the last time Francesa will be wrong.
As for Howard, this is actually a great opportunity for the Michigan alum. Along with Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson, Howard was part of the heralded Fab Five recruiting class in 1991. In his three seasons at Ann Arbor, Howard helped lead the Wolverines to two national championship title games and an Elite Eight appearance.
After his NBA playing days came to an end, Howard was an assistant coach for the Heat under Erik Spoelstra. The former All-Star forward interviewed for a few different head coaching vacancies this offseason. He talked with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Howard became for the leading candidate for the Michigan job once Providence’s Ed Cooley backed out and announced that he was returning to the Friars.
Currently, the Wolverines are listed at +2000 to win the 2020 Final Four, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. If Michigan doesn’t win the title this upcoming season, it won’t be the end of this. Rest assured that Francesa’s swing-and-miss on the Howard hire will come through at some point down the line.