Self suspends Kansas assistant two weeks for guilty plea to drug charge

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Kansas suspends assistant coach Jerrance Howard two weeks.  (USATSI)
Kansas suspends assistant coach Jerrance Howard two weeks. (USATSI)

Kansas coach Bill Self announced Thursday assistant coach Jerrance Howard will serve a two-week suspension after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor drug possession in Peoria (Ill.) County last summer, per The Kansas City Star. The suspension began Thursday.

“I take full responsibility for my actions,” Howard said in a release, per The Topeka Capital-Journal. “I should have never been in that situation. Not only did I let myself down, but also my family, my coaches, my players, the fans and this program. Coach Self has done so much for me and I’m honored to a part of this team and this staff. I compounded the problem by not disclosing this incident to coach Self and Kansas Athletics. I brought this penalty upon myself and will use this situation as motivation to work harder and represent this great program positively moving forward.”

The Peoria Journal Star were the first to report the story Wednesday about Howard’s plea, adding the charge stemmed from a July 2014 arrest for unlawful possession of cannabis, which is a Class B misdemeanor.

The 34-year-old Howard was ordered to pay $1,178.26 in fines and court fees and placed on six months of court supervision, which ends Friday.

Self told The Star he first heard of Howard’s legal troubles on Wednesday. He added the situation was going to be handled internally.

“I am disappointed, but on one front, just to be real candid: I’m disappointed I didn’t know about it,” Self said. “I love the guy. And the fact that I didn’t know about it regardless of what circumstances surrounded it is disappointing to me.”

Howard is in his second year with Kansas. Howard briefly was the Illinois’ interim coach in 2012 after Bruce Weber was fired.

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