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Wrong photo choice to illustrate KU assistant coach’s marijuana arrest

Illinois head coach Bruce Weber, left, and assistant coach Jerrance Howard watch from the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012.
Illinois head coach Bruce Weber, left, and assistant coach Jerrance Howard watch from the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012. AP file photo

I heard from quite a number of readers who were offended by the choice of a photograph that ran with an online story about Jerrance Howard, an assistant men’s basketball coach at KU, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

It’s not that the photo wasn’t of Howard. It’s the context. The original caption read:

“Illinois head coach Bruce Weber, left, and assistant coach Jerrance Howard watch from the sidlines during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012.”

The problem is current-day context. Weber is now head coach at K-State, and Howard is now at Kansas.

“Trying to tar and feather the Jayhawks, as always,” said one caller.

Others thought it was an anti-K-State knock. Clearly, many perceived the choice as a purposeful one.

Looking in The Star’s photo archive, I see that this image was the only one of Howard available. Last night, a Web editor cropped Weber from the shot, and today the entire image has been replaced with a portrait supplied by the Kansas Athletics department.

This is an example of a photo choice that wasn’t done on purpose, but still sent what looked like an intentional dig to many KU and K-State fans.

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