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Kansas basketball assistant coach Jerrance Howard is leaving KU for a spot on newly named Texas coach Chris Beard’s bench in Austin.
KU coach Invoice Self and Howard introduced the information in a launch Tuesday night, bringing an finish to Howard’s eight-year run with the Jayhawks.
“Working for coach Self and being part of Kansas basketball has been a real privilege that I’ll at all times be thankful for,” Howard stated within the launch. “As I look ahead to my subsequent profession alternative, I thank God for the wonderful gamers, workers and group I’ve been blessed to know throughout my eight seasons at KU.”
Shortly after the announcement, Self instructed the Journal-World by way of textual content message that video coordinator Jeremy Case would transfer into Howard’s position “for now” and that the plan for a alternative in the long run was nonetheless not recognized.
The transfer to Case buys Kansas a while to contemplate all of its choices and is made simpler by the truth that the NCAA not too long ago prolonged the recruiting useless interval — that means no journey for recruiting — via Might 31.
Howard is the second longtime member of the KU program to go away for Texas not too long ago. Two years in the past, energy coach Andrea Hudy left KU to hitch Shaka Sensible at UT.
Howard, who performed for Self at Illinois, performed a key position in recruiting throughout his eight seasons below Self, with a few of his greatest contributions coming previously 3-5 seasons.
Earlier than coming to Kansas, Howard labored below Bruce Weber at Illinois, Billy Gillispie at Kentucky and Texas A&M; and Larry Brown at SMU.
His youthful exuberance and positivity, combined with an appreciation for all issues old fashioned, made him one of the crucial fashionable members of this system among the many Kansas gamers.
The 40-year-old native of Peoria, Sick., was named considered one of faculty basketball’s “40 below 40” most influential figures by ESPN following the 2019-20 season.
“I feel Jerrance Howard is without doubt one of the greatest assistant coaches within the nation,” ESPN’s Myron Medcalf wrote for the piece.
Throughout his time at Kansas, Howard was the lead recruiter for Marcus Garrett, Jalen Wilson, David McCormack, Cliff Alexander and Quentin Grimes, amongst others.
He was part of six common season Huge 12 championships, two Huge 12 event titles, six in-season tourney titles, seven NCAA Match appearances, three journeys to the Elite Eight and one Ultimate 4.
“I wish to thank Jerrance for all of his onerous work and dedication to Kansas males’s basketball over the previous eight years,” Self stated within the launch. “I used to be lucky to teach him at Illinois and beloved the chance we needed to coach collectively right here at KU. He has been a member of our nice workers and instrumental within the growth of many gamers over his eight seasons.”