Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Haase, McGrath going to UNC

Assistant Miller mum on his next move


Not long after he was introduced as Kansas University's new basketball coach, Bill Self publicly thanked the three members of former coach Roy Williams' staff who ran the basketball office in the week since Williams resigned.

At least two of those men said Monday they wouldn't be back next season. Administrative assistants Jerod Haase and C.B. McGrath, former KU guards, said they would join Williams' staff at North Carolina in roles yet to be determined.

Assistant coach Ben Miller declined two interview requests from the Journal-World.

"Everyone has told me that Ben has played a big role and has really stepped up to the plate and really held this thing together -- even though it wasn't falling apart, but the appearance at the time is that it was frayed," said Self, who also thanked Haase and McGrath during his introductory news conference.

Miller, McGrath and Haase dealt with players and kept in contact with KU's recruits in the week after Williams bolted to UNC along with assistants Steve Robinson and Joe Holladay.

Self plans to bring two of his assistants with him from Illinois and said he would like to fill the third spot with someone who has ties to KU. It was unclear whether the 34-year-old Miller -- who spent 11 seasons on Williams' staff, including four as a full-time assistant -- would be a candidate.

Haase, 29, was a standout guard for KU from 1995 to 1997 after transferring from California. He spent four years on Williams' staff, overseeing equipment and helping with the day-to-day operations of the program. The Academic All-American earned two degrees at KU, and wife Mindy is a Lenexa native.

"It's mixed emotions," Haase said. "It's going to be hard to leave here. It'll all work out."

McGrath, 27, was a backup guard for KU from 1995 to 1998 who also spent four years as an administrative assistant. The Topeka native was in charge of handling the staff's video needs and also assisted with day-to-day operations. Like Haase, he also earned two degrees from Kansas.

His wife, Kris, was a standout tennis player for the Jayhawks who now works in KU's marketing department.

McGrath said it wasn't a tough decision to leave.

"I'm going to Chapel Hill," he said. "Everything has happened so fast. Coach Williams asked me if I would come, and I said yes. I worked for coach Williams for four years, and he's the only person I want to work for. He's taken care of me. He's the best coach out there. I definitely want to stay with him."

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