Illinois men's basketball assistant coach Jerrance Howard, said he turned aside a preliminary inquiry from Kentucky about possibly joining the Wildcats staff.
``I'm an Illini for life,'' Howard said on the Talking Illini program at Talkzone.com.
Howard, who has been on Bruce Weber's staff for two seasons, is off to a strong start as a recruiter. He had been an administrative assistant under Billy Gilllispie at Kentucky when he was hired by Weber. A Peoria native, he played at Illinois in 2001-04.