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Report: Groce Won’t Retain Howard On Illini Staff

John Groce. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

John Groce. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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(CBS) As new Illinois head coach John Groce prepares for his first season with the Illini, he’ll do so without assistant coach Jerrance Howard.

Reports indicate Howard was named the Illini’s interim coach after Bruce Weber was fired in early March and is considered a key recruiter.

Howard has played and coached at Illinois since 2008.

Groce hired Dustin Ford and Jamall Walker from his former Ohio staff.