Tuesday, April 6, 2021

KU assistant Jerrance Howard leaving Kansas to join Chris Beard at Texas

Assistant coach Jerrance Howard waves a towel as he signals movement from a  player during Boot Camp in the practice gym on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 just after 6 a.m.

Assistant coach Jerrance Howard waves a towel as he signals movement from a player during Boot Camp in the practice gym on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 just after 6 a.m.


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 Bill Self and Howard announced the news in a release Tuesday evening, bringing an end to Howard’s eight-year run with the Jayhawks.

“Working for coach Self and being a part of Kansas basketball has been a true privilege that I will always be grateful for,” Howard said in the release. “As I look forward to my next career opportunity, I thank God for the amazing players, staff and community I have been blessed to know during my eight seasons at KU.”

Shortly after the announcement, Self told the Journal-World via text message that video coordinator Jeremy Case would move into Howard's role "for now" and that the plan for a replacement in the long term was still not known.

The move to Case buys Kansas some time to consider all of its options and is made easier by the fact that the NCAA recently extended the recruiting dead period — meaning no travel for recruiting — through May 31.

Howard is the second longtime member of the KU program to leave for Texas recently. Two years ago, strength coach Andrea Hudy left KU to join Shaka Smart at UT.

Howard, who played for Self at Illinois, played a key role in recruiting during his eight seasons under Self, with some of his biggest contributions coming in the past 3-5 seasons.

Before coming to Kansas, Howard worked under Bruce Weber at Illinois, Billy Gillispie at Kentucky and Texas A&M; and Larry Brown at SMU.

His youthful exuberance and positivity, mixed with an appreciation for all things old school, made him one of the most popular members of the program among the Kansas players.

The 40-year-old native of Peoria, Ill., was named one of college basketball’s “40 under 40” most influential figures by ESPN following the 2019-20 season.

“I think Jerrance Howard is one of the best assistant coaches in the country,” ESPN’s Myron Medcalf wrote for the piece.

During his time at Kansas, Howard was the lead recruiter for Marcus Garrett, Jalen Wilson, David McCormack, Cliff Alexander and Quentin Grimes, among others.

He was a part of six regular season Big 12 championships, two Big 12 tournament titles, six in-season tourney titles, seven NCAA Tournament appearances, three trips to the Elite Eight and one Final Four.

“I want to thank Jerrance for all of his hard work and dedication to Kansas men’s basketball over the past eight years,” Self said in the release. “I was fortunate to coach him at Illinois and loved the opportunity we had to coach together here at KU. He has been a member of our great staff and instrumental in the development of many players over his eight seasons.”


Buck Bukaty 1 year, 7 months ago

The natural progression would be to bring back Mr. Danny Manning!

Michael Maris 1 year, 7 months ago

If Manning says no. How about Wayne Simien or Scott Pollard?

Do they want to coach?

RJ King 1 year, 7 months ago

Didn't see this coming. What am I missing?

Trace Stark 1 year, 7 months ago

His weed conviction? "Not that there's anything wrong with that" - Seinfeld.

RJ King 1 year, 7 months ago

Jerrance is regarded as one of the top assistants in the country. I would assume he wants a head coaching job sooner than later. To leave for a first-time head coaching job with a mid-major or much lesser program than KU would have been expected. But a sideways move to another team in our conference that actually finished behind us is a surprise. Chris Beard is younger than Bill Self - thus chances of a vacancy at Texas are slim.

So, all kidding aside, what am I missing?

Thomas Wagner 1 year, 7 months ago

I think what we might be missing is 1st chair assistant at Texas, vs 3rd chair assistant at KU.

Trace Stark 1 year, 7 months ago

$ perhaps? Guess only JH knows for sure. Wish A. Hudy was still a Jayhawk as well.

Ted Hume 1 year, 7 months ago

RH: The mind goes immediately to the elephant in the room: impending NCAA sanctions...

David Robinett 1 year, 7 months ago

I hope it’s not that Bill is giving him a lifeboat before the mother ship sinks...

Dirk Medema 1 year, 7 months ago

Chris at UT is dangerous and all the more so with a recruiter. They’re pretty loaded to begin with. Now with a coach that can develop the players and another to reel them in. Wow.

Maybe he just misses Hudy. 🤪

Tony Bandle 1 year, 7 months ago

While I am not as sold on "Snacks" as some of you are, I see this as an opportunity to upgrade our coaching staff. I am also surprised that he is considered one of the top assistants in the country although my opinion is based strictly on gut feel.

Brett McCabe 1 year, 7 months ago

Good riddance. A waste of a spot on the bench. Part of the problem. Worthless at development, questionable ethics and overrated in all other aspects.

Bring in Danny and watch this program flourish. We need an actual coach. Hopefully Bill isn’t too insecure to bring back an all time great.

Layne Pierce 1 year, 7 months ago

What makes any of you think that Danny Manning is in a hurry to be an assistant again/ Danny could be a pro assistant if he wants. Maybe he could help Wiseman figure it out?

Howard was 3rd ranked assistant on staff. Now he gets a promotion. It makes sense.

Still there is always the get out while you can theme.


Mallory Briggans 1 year, 7 months ago

Jeremy Case is an interesting choice from video coordinator to assistant coach .If Danny Manning came knocking to recruit you will get a recruits ear , Jeremy Case not so much ,nothing against Case but he doesnt look the part , but then again we dont have Danny either

RJ King 1 year, 7 months ago

Then again, Paul Pierce didn't really seem to be "that guy" either.

Brian Wilson 1 year, 7 months ago

Too much a soap opera. Are we cleaning house and just getting things in order and nothing more? Or, prep for bad news and a serious legal battle?

To me, a very Interesting chain of events just prior to the 2021 National Championship. Obviously the NCAA would not want to make any annoucements that would take away from the National Championship.

So, before schools out.....Football coach Les Miles is fired, Self's new interesting contract, KU interestingly hires Goff as AD, JH makes a lateral move to a competitor. Does anyone know if any other recruitment staff, from the time range of the investigation, have moved on? It feels like we are getting rid or any and all bad actors in a timely fashion. Let's hope KU is turning over a new leaf and cleaning house - probably a very smart move.
One more speculative question...If KU were to know if sanctions are on the horizon, how do you hire a new football coach before they are announced? Who would take the job? IMO, IHC Jones or maybe someone else from within might be in position and if it happens shortly it could be an additional indicator of things to come. Is KU regrouping and battening down the hatches? IDK. But Yes...."What are we missing" here?

Shannon Gustafson 1 year, 7 months ago

Brian, I think you're looking WAY too far into this (and making tons of false assumptions). Howard wasn't implicated in any of the NCAA stuff so he wouldn't be let go to "clean house".

This isn't difficult to understand. He left for plenty of reasons (in order of importance): 1) WAY more money, 2) Promotion from 3rd assistant to 1st assistant, 3) No income tax in Texas, 4) Austin vs Lawrence, 5) He's a shoe collector and he LOVES Nike's.

Steve Zimmerman 1 year, 7 months ago

What's BS vs CB score? CB is determined to whoop BS' rear.

Gary Kreutzer 1 year, 7 months ago

The rats are leaving the sinking ship. Why not bring Danny Manning in as an assistant coach? He would make a great recruiter and a replacement for Self while he serves his suspension. Or a replacement is Self decides to find greener pastures.

Edward Daub 1 year, 7 months ago

I agree with Tony that it is hard to judge how good an assistant coach was Jerrance Howard. KU Fans are banned from attending practices, so only the players and other coaches truly know how good a coach Howard is.

Considering the fact, that he is a native of the hometown of the late,great Richard Pryor. I will chuckle thinking about the humor of Pryor. Richard was a true comic genius!

KU should seriously consider hiring one "tall" assistant coach. Rock Chalk!

Trace Stark 1 year, 7 months ago

I remember the good old days when practice was opened up on occasion! Mr. Pryor was indeed a comedic genius... thanks for the info!

Jim Stauffer 1 year, 7 months ago

Not sure Danny is the recruiter we are looking for. He is a terrific coach. Depends on what HCBS feels we need more. Seems like a good time to pick up a young assistant who is a very skilled recruiter.

Ted Hume 1 year, 7 months ago

As much as I fear NCAA sanctions are coming, I think Shannon above put things in perfect perspective regarding Howard’s decision to go to Texas. Couldn’t have laid it out any better other than to add “sanction” to the list down at #5 and moved “shoes” to 6. Kudos Shannon- spot on!

Bob Zielinski 1 year, 7 months ago

I see the NCAA as an ever weakening organization and KU is the litmus test school to put this arbitration system to the test. I see KU prevailing and creating a landmark case that sends the NCAA reeling and emboldens Division I programs to shape a new method to regulate compliance in sports. Good luck to Howard, I am rooting for Beard to bring Texas basketball up to be a consistent power program. The better the conference the better the games, the better the recruits we can all have a shot at.

Jeff Coffman 1 year, 7 months ago

Those recruits are great, but KU could do better than those listed. A lot of those were top 5 picks (like grimes), but a lot of them were raw like McCormack. Anyways, I think we can get better recruiting with the right ambassador.

Howard is good and will assist UT, but UT has always gotten good recruits, they just haven't been able to pass that hump. Barnes was a great coach, Smart had one good run in the NCAA and that is his entire coaching history. At UT he never won one NCAA tournament game. Anyways. Texas is trying to remake the KU program with Hudy and Howard, but as long as they don't get AFH and HCBS they will be second fiddle at best.

Robert Brock 1 year, 7 months ago

Manning is a lousy recruiter. Don’t go there. Hire a great recruiter.

Glen Miller 1 year, 7 months ago

He may not be, but our bigs were among the best in the country year in and year out when he was here. Since he left, we have not been strong in the post at all consistently. Part of that is sanctions and recruiting..... but to me, if he wants to be there we make a spot. Not every coach is a recruiter, some are just good at the coaching part. You have to have both types.

Robert Robinson 1 year, 7 months ago

Shannon Gustafson nailed it...

"This isn't difficult to understand. He left for plenty of reasons (in order of importance): 1) WAY more money, 2) Promotion from 3rd assistant to 1st assistant, 3) No income tax in Texas, 4) Austin vs Lawrence, 5) He's a shoe collector and he LOVES Nike's."

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