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Former guard runs Illini recruiting game

Howard paying dividends in Champaign; rejects offers from Memphis, Kentucky

Originally Published: July 14, 2009
By Scott Powers | Special to ESPNChicago.com

The recruiting trail gets to coaches. It's flight after flight and game after game. It's about smiles and handshakes followed by more smiles and handshakes. It's what a coach's life entails from July 6 to 15 and again from July 22 to 31.

Usually, by the seventh day of the evaluation period, most are counting down the hours until they're home again.

Then there are the likes of Illinois assistant Jerrance Howard, one of those rare coaches who don't mind living the traveling ...

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