Illinois freshmen supporting Howard

March, 27, 2012
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Illinois' freshman players put their support behind interim head coach Jerrance Howard to be Illini’s full-time head coach over Twitter on Tuesday.

Howard has been Illinois’ interim head coach since Bruce Weber was fired on March 9. Howard is a former Illinois player and has been on the staff for five seasons. He was the primary recruiter on most of the team’s roster and is thought to be well-liked among the players.

Howard has previously said athletic director Mike Thomas told him he would not be considered for the permanent head coaching position. According to reports, Ohio coach John Groce is Illinois’ targeted candidate for the job.

The freshmen sent out a series of tweets supporting Howard for their head coach on Tuesday evening. Illinois' players, it's worth pointing out, also tweeted they would support whoever is hired to replace Bruce Weber.

Freshman Nnanna Egwu wrote, “Last two workouts have been great with coach Howard. He would make a great head coach. They might as well make him our new head coach”.

Freshman Mike Shaw wrote, “We just wanna hoop! Give him a chance!! Workouts have been great! Looking forward to a bright future.. #ILLINI."

Freshman Tracy Abrams wrote, “Let J. Howard run the show.”

Freshman Myke Henry wrote, “I think they might as well just let jerrence (sic) become the head coach it's taking to long to figure out!!”

Freshman Devin Langford wrote, “Illinois head coach need to be Jerrance howard fa sho!!!!!!!”

Illinois’ players are unavailable to the media until a new head coach is named, according to a spokesperson.


Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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