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Jerrance HowardScott Powers for ESPNChicago.comIn his first season at SMU, Jerrance Howard says he will always be an Illinois fan.
Coaching at Southern Methodist hasn't stopped Jerrance Howard from rooting for Illinois.

Howard put 800-plus miles between himself and Champaign, Ill., when he left the Illini's coaching staff after last season and took a position with Larry Brown at Southern Methodist in Texas. It was a difficult decision because Howard grew up an Illini fan in Peoria, Ill. before played for them and then coaching under Bruce Weber.

Howard has no regrets because he believes he did what was best for his career. But Howard has realized that his heart and mind will never fully leave Illinois.

"To be honest, it was hard at first," Howard said. "I was an Illinois fan. I'll always be. That's my school. I'm going to root for them."

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