Former Kansas assistant men’s basketball coach Jerrance Howard leaves post at Texas

Jeff Jacobsen/ Kansas Athletics
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University of Texas assistant men’s basketball coach Jerrance Howard has resigned from his position with the Longhorns after one season, a UT athletic department official confirmed Thursday night.

The UT official told The Star that Howard, 42, indeed has left Chris Beard’s coaching staff and is “pursuing other professional opportunities.” The Austin American-Statesman was the first to report Howard’s leaving the UT coaching staff after one campaign.

Howard worked on Bill Self’s coaching staff at Kansas for eight seasons prior to joining Beard’s first UT staff (for the 2021-22 campaign). Beard worked at Texas Tech as head coach for five seasons before replacing Shaka Smart at Texas.

The American-Statesman reported Thursday that Howard “has been pursuing other opportunities.”

Howard did not respond to a request for comment by the American-Statesman. He did not return a direct Twitter message sent to him by The Star requesting comment.

The 247sports.com Website that covers UT athletics also reported Howard’s leaving the Texas coaching staff. On3.com’s Texas Website indicated Bob Donewald Jr., special assistant to Beard, “will replace Howard on the bench.”

Howard, a native of Peoria, Illinois, played for KU coach Self at the University of Illinois from 2001 to ‘04.

During Howard’s eight years at KU, the Self-led Jayhawks went 222-59 overall — 112-32 in Big 12 games. KU won the regular-season league title six times and reached the Final Four in 2018. Texas went 22-12 overall and 10-8 in the Big 12 during Howard’s only year in Austin.