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That's the same Detroit which also wound up with another prized WMU freshman, center LaMarcus Lowe, following the 2008-09 season.
WMU coach Steve Hawkins wasn't thrilled then and his "No comment" on his feelings about Howard's trek to Detroit said plenty this time, too.
After Lowe's transfer to Detroit, Hawkins decided not to renew the Broncos' long-running series with the Titans after the current contract expires following this season's game at Calihan Hall.
Crean on Thursday characterized Holman hooking up with Detroit as "an orchestration," according to The Indianapolis Star.
"We were led to believe that this was a family decision and that he wanted to get closer to home," Crean said, according to The Star, "but now it doesn't look like that's the way it's going to turn out.
"I don't think there's any doubt that there was a certain amount of orchestrating going on. It's disappointing -- very disappointing -- on a lot of fronts."