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Jon Sanderson is resigning as Michigan’s strength and conditioning coach after leaving the basketball program

CBS News Detroit Digital Brief for March 1, 2024

CBS News Detroit Digital Brief for March 1, 2024


Jon Sanderson has resigned as strength and conditioning coach at Michigan, more than two months after retiring from working with the men’s basketball program under coach Juwan Howard.

“We appreciate Jon’s contributions over the years and wish him the best in the future,” school spokesman Kurt Svoboda said Friday.

A message seeking comment was left with Sanderson.

Howard, who underwent heart surgery in September, returned to his head coaching duties in mid-December following a review of an incident involving multiple people during a team practice. Sanderson did not join the team on the sidelines during the December 10 game at Iowa, and was not on the team’s bench in subsequent games.

Athletics director Warde Manuel said in a Dec. 15 statement that a “thorough internal review” revealed nothing that warranted disciplinary action for anyone involved.

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Michigan, Howard and Sanderson did not share specific details about the review or what led to it.

Former coach John Beilein hired Sanderson in 2009, and Howard retained him a decade later. He was previously the strength and conditioning coach at Clemson for the men’s and women’s basketball programs and worked at Marshall.

Sanderson played basketball at Ohio State, where he was the starting small forward on the 1999 Final Four team, and finished his college career at Ohio University. His son, Jonathan, is a highly touted sophomore point guard at Saline High School, near Michigan’s campus.

The Wolverines are 8-21 – one shy of a single-season losing record – after losing by 30 points at Rutgers on Thursday night for their sixth straight loss and 10th setback in 11 games.

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