Saturday, March 24, 2012

Heels’ Jerod Haase seeks ‘opportunity’


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N.C. State's Mark Gottfried, C.J. Leslie and Scott Wood talk to reporters following their 60-57 loss to Kansas on March 24, 2012.

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— Former Kansas University guard/current North Carolina assistant basketball coach Jerod Haase, who turns 38 on April 1, does indeed want to be a head coach some day.

He has a stellar assistant coaching résumé, having earned two national title rings on Roy Williams’ staff at North Carolina, with a spot in the Elite Eight on tap Sunday.

“When the opportunity is right,” said Haase, who was assigned to scout the KU-North Carolina State game Friday following his own team’s 73-65 overtime victory over Ohio.

“That’s one of the biggest things. I don’t need to run out and get a head-coaching job just because I might be able to get one. Getting in the right situation is paramount.


North Carolina assistant coach Jerod Haase watches over practice at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

“I’d love to be a head coach. That’s the next step in the process. I’m definitely thinking about being a head coach some day.”

Haase and fellow UNC assistant/former KU guard C.B. McGrath trade off coaching Carolina’s junior varsity every other year.

“Two years ago we were 16-2, this year 7-7. It’s a little bit like high school. There’s only so much recruiting you can do,” Haase said with a smile. “Basically, it’s the hand you are dealt (talent-wise).”

McGrath, a Topeka native who also wants to run his own program someday, joked: “Two years ago we were 13-1. Last year we were under .500. I started the downward trend.”

Asked about a possible match-up against Kansas on Sunday, McGrath said prior to knowing the outcome of KU-N.C. State: “It’d be a tough game. They are playing really well. I don’t know if Kendall (Marshall, fractured hand) can play. He’s had a heck of a year. He’s really good.”

Faces in the crowd: Former KU guard Ryan Robertson, regional sales director for Goldman Sachs in St. Louis, attended, as did his brother, Troy, KU’s official NCAA host for the Midwest Regional. Also on hand were former KU coach Larry Brown; former KU assistant Tim Jankovich, head coach at Illinois State; former KU guard Jeremy Case, assistant coach at SE Missouri State; former KU guard Terry Nooner, assistant women’s coach at Southern Illinois; KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and her husband, Shade; former KU guard Stephen Vinson; former KU guard T.J. Whatley; former KU guard Sherron Collins; and ex-KU forward Jeff Graves.

Graves, by the way, played for Erie of the NBA Developmental League, but left the squad in December because of an ankle sprain. He said he’d be back in Lawrence this summer completing work on his college degree.

Naismith dies at 73: Ian Naismith, the grandson of the inventor of basketball, Dr. James Naismith, died Tuesday at the age of 73.

Naismith, who was living in North Carolina, died of a heart attack while a passenger on a train to New York. He was en route from western Massachusetts.

He served as a trustee of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which bears his grandfather’s name.

“The train pulled into New York’s Penn Station, and people thought he was asleep,” Joan Brooslin, the vice-president of the Naismith International Basketball Foundation (NIBF), told “He died doing what he loved best — traveling.”

Parker likes Hudy’s program: Tony Parker, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound senior center from Miller Grove High in Lithonia, Ga., who has a final list of KU, Duke, Memphis, Ohio State and UCLA, told he likes the training program at KU.

“I’ve got to go somewhere that has a crazy trainer like K.P.,” Parker said of his trainer, Kevin Peoples. “That’s one of the things I love about Kansas. I love (KU trainer Andrea) Hudy.”

“She’s a monster,” Parker added. “She’ll get you where you need to be. Kansas has a lot of things I like.”

More on Robinson turning pro: CNN recently interviewed Thomas Robinson, who indicated his desire to earn a paycheck in the NBA to take care of his sister, Jayla, who lives with her dad in Washington, D.C.

“For me to feel comfortable the best way to do that was to be able to reach my lifetime dream and doing that will be able to take care of her,” Robinson told CNN. He told ESPN that soon, after he signs an NBA contract, he’s going to petition for custody of his sister. Thomas and Jayla’s mom, Lisa, died Robinson’s sophomore season — in January of 2011 — at the age of 43.


Mel Clare 2 years ago

Haase has taken the Head basketball coaching position at UAB according to Yahoo Sports tonight. Just read it at 8:30 this evening. Good luck Jarrod!!!!


DXJhawk 2 years ago

Good to see in 2012, the Whatley Watch is still going strong.


Martin Rosenblum 2 years, 1 month ago

Sherron must have been screaming watching the guard (in)efficiency of this game.


kusportsdotcom 2 years, 1 month ago

Does anyone know about JV squads in college? I mean, KU doesn't have one, but UNC does? Who do they compete against?


KEITHMILES05 2 years, 1 month ago

We all understand TRob's desire to provide for his sister. However, no court is going to give him custody of her as he will be traveling constantly and her own biological father (as of now) has custody and is providing for her. It all sounds good on paper but he is not mature and disciplined enough to give her what is best for her.


LittleRockJayhawker 2 years, 1 month ago

I doubt Jerrod dives on the floor like he once did! I remember that kid spent half his time on the floor going after loose balls.


Jeff Schartz 2 years, 1 month ago

Jerrod needs to get with the "other" Jerod from Subway!


chaggs 2 years, 1 month ago

We had a Nooner and Whatley sighting! Two of my all-time favorite "fan favorites"!


mojayhawk 2 years, 1 month ago

Tony Parker is a stud, and would be a great mutual fit. He can step in and help us immediately. That's our side of the story. On HIS side, with Hudy and Manning training and coaching him, the sky's the limit. I look forward to seeing him in Crimson and Blue!


NorthStarHawk 2 years, 1 month ago

With all the "former" Jayhawks in attendance, why is Jeff Graves the only "ex" Jayhawk? Was his Jayhawk "citizenship" taken away or did he surrender it voluntarily? Just curious......


BrockIII 2 years, 1 month ago

Mr. Terry Nooner in attendence. He absolutely torched my intramural team from the 3-point line about 10 years ago. We could really use some outside shooting magic in the tourney. Sheesh.

Here is a link to the ESPN article about Tony Parker where he mentions his love for KU. A lot of positive things in there about KU and also some comical comments about Duke's Wojo-led 'big man program.'


Scott MacWilliams 2 years, 1 month ago

Okay, this story was written before tonights game, another close win by the Hawks!!!
Nice to hear about former Jayhawks, but Jerod and CB at UNC? ? I don't know about that so much, especially right now. I'm just so proud of this team, more than any of them in many years. Let's review the season, shall we?

Start out with all but one starter graduating or going pro early, then our freshman class highjacked over paperwork, and then it looks like we might end up third in the Big 12. Okay, I can deal with that.
But wait, there were some other dudes hanging around AFH that took exception to the thought of letting that Big 12 trophy wander off somewhere else after 7 years in a row. Along the way, they beat G-town, play Dook and UK to close losses, end up winning the Big 12 by 2 (!) games, capped off with one of the greatest wins over Mizery I've ever seen. Now they have scratched and clawed their way into a rematch with Roy and UNC for a chance to Dance once more in the Final Four!!! If Bill Self doesn't get national COY for this, there is no justice!

Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, Go KU ! ! ! ! ! ! !


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