Former Kansas basketball assistant Jerrance Howard leaves Texas hoops program
Former Kansas basketball assistant coach Jerrance Howard has resigned from his position on Chris Beard’s staff at the University of Texas, according to a report from Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman.
Howard played for KU coach Bill Self at Illinois and worked under him at Kansas for eight seasons before leaving for Texas in April of 2021.
Howard played a key role in recruiting during his time with the Jayhawks and was equally as important to the Longhorns’ recruiting efforts during his one season in Austin.
The 42-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.
Davis’ report noted that Howard had “wiped all UT references from his Twitter account” and also did not respond to a message seeking comment. A UT spokesman told Davis that Howard “has been pursuing other opportunities.” Davis reported that Howard’s name also had been removed from the UT directory.
Those who knew Howard at Kansas knew that he wanted to be a head coach one day and had looked into potential head coaching openings in the past.
Whether that’s where his departure from UT leads or if he stays in the coaching profession at all remains to be seen.
Howard responded to a text message from the Journal-World on Thursday night by saying he would share information about his next step soon.