KU basketball assistant Jerrance Howard leaving for same role at Texas

Matt Galloway
Topeka Capital-Journal
Jerrance Howard, right, poses with Devonte' Graham during the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Howard, who spent eight season as an assistant coach with the Jayhawks, has left the program to accept that same position with Texas, Bill Self announced Tuesday.

LAWRENCE — Kansas basketball’s latest offseason departure came from its coaching ranks.

Jerrance Howard, an assistant coach who joined Bill Self’s staff in May 2013, has left the program to accept that same role at Texas under first-year coach Chris Beard, Self announced Tuesday night. Terms of Howard’s agreement with the Longhorns were not immediately available.

"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 a news 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."

Howard transitioned to coaching following a four-year collegiate playing career at Illinois (2001-04), with three of those seasons coming under Self. A key recruiter for KU, Howard last May was named to ESPN's "40 under 40" list of the best young coaches in men's college basketball.

Self expressed his appreciation for Howard and his family and said the Jayhawks “wish them all the best” moving forward.

“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. “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.”

Six of Howard's eight seasons at KU ended with Big 12 regular-season championships, with two Big 12 Tournament titles and one Final Four berth (2018) among other accomplishments achieved during his stint. Howard was suspended two weeks in February 2015 after failing to inform KU about an arrest for marijuana possession that occurred the previous summer — Self at the time said he was "disappointed" he didn't know about the incident sooner.

Without Howard, KU has two remaining assistant coaches: Kurtis Townsend and Norm Roberts, both longtime members of Self's staff. Video coordinator Jeremy Case will replace Howard on an interim basis, Self said Wednesday.

Howard’s departure is the first of a non-player this offseason for the Jayhawks, who have already seen reserves Tyon Grant-Foster, Tristan Enaruna and Gethro Muscadin enter the transfer portal.