Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Jerrance Howard=Savior of Men's Basketball?

Illinois named Jerrance Howard as its new assistant men's basketball coach. He replaces Tracy Webster, who went to Kentucky to work for a head coach who can actually recruit. Poor Jerrance is going to have to help Bruce Weber land some talent. Bruce Weber-could he sell water to a thirsty man in the desert?
Jerrance is a good guy, a former Illinois player. However, he has never been a full-time assistant and has not had the extent of recruiting duties that he will have now.

I blame Ron Guenther for the current debacle that is the men's basketball program. He chose a guy in Bruce Weber who he knew would be "loyal" but didn't have the reputation of being a good recruiter. In other words, the exact opposite of his predecessor, Bill Self. Typical Guenther-hire someone who has the exact opposite qualities of the previous coach.


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