Illinois State New Head Coach To Be Kansas Assistant Jankovich

Coached with Bill Self at Kansas and at Illinois prior

March 20, 2007

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Kansas assistant coach Tim Jankovich has accepted the head coaching job at Illinois State.

Jayhawks head coach Bill Self said Monday that Jankovich would be leaving Kansas. An announcement was expected by Illinois State on Tuesday.

Jankovich will replace Porter Moser, who was fired March 5 with a record of 51-67 over four years. The Redbirds finished 15-16 this year, losing 68-65 to Indiana State in the opening round of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.

In a statement congratulating Jankovich, Self said his assistant wanted to get the word out promptly so the move wouldn't be a distraction as the Jayhawks (32-4) prepare for Thursday night's NCAA West Regional semifinal game against Southern Illinois (29-6) in San Jose, Calif.



"We all know he is the new coach at Illinois State, but his job here is unfinished until our season is complete," Self said.

He called Jankovich "without a question one of the brightest coaches in the game."

Jankovich, a 1982 graduate of Kansas State, is wrapping up his fourth season at Kansas after serving under Self as an assistant at Illinois.

He also has been an assistant at Vanderbilt, Texas, Oklahoma State and Colorado State, and spent four seasons as head coach at North Texas and two as head coach at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.