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Tim Beckman. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Wisch: Picking ‘Naming Rights’ For Big Ten Coaches

To show I’m not just blowing smoke, here are some other suggested sponsors for a few of the Big Ten basketball and football coaches:

670 The Score–10/08/2013

John Groce. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Short On Expectations, Long On Experience

What exactly would you call this season for the University of Illinois basketball team?

CBS Chicago–10/03/2013

John Groce. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Wisch: Groce Is The Coach Illini Fans Have Been Waiting For

From the looks of things, it appears that Illinois has a truly elite coach in John Groce.

670 The Score–09/13/2013

John Groce. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini’s Groce Burning Up The Recruiting Trail

They say where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

670 The Score–09/05/2013

John Groce. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Wisch: 5 Thoughts About The Illini’s Basketball Schedule

Hey, anything to keep my mind off Illinois football, ya know?

670 The Score–08/29/2013

John Groce. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Wisch: Transfers Not A Sign Of Trouble For Groce, Illini

The signs around campus still read “University of Illinois,” but right now the place is going by a different name: Transfer Central.

CBS Chicago–05/25/2013

John Groce, Tim Beckman and Terry Boers. (Credit: CBS)

Illini Roundtable On Boers & Bernstein

Now that 670 The Score will be the new home for University of Illinois basketball and football, The Boers and Bernstein Show hosted an Illini roundtable in studio on Wednesday afternoon.

CBS Chicago–05/09/2013

John Groce. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Illini Basketball Adds Transfers Cosby, Ekey

Illinois basketball has added Seton Hall’s Aaron Cosby and Illinois State’s Jon Ekey, the school announced Wednesday.

CBS Chicago–04/17/2013

Illinois Head Coach John Groce  (Credit: Getty)

Illinois Extends John Groce’s Contract

Fighting Illini Head Basketball Coach John Groce received a one-year contract extension, according to a press release.

04/13/2013

Tim Beckman. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Wisch: Has Optimism For Illini Football Ever Been Lower?

From 1994-98, I was a student at the University of Illinois, and during those four years I saw a grand total of 14 football victories.

CBS Chicago–04/13/2013

Mike Shaw. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Three Illini Basketball Players Plan To Transfer

Three Illinois basketball players have been granted permission to transfer and will do so when the spring semester ends.

CBS Chicago–03/29/2013

State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Illinois Unveils Plan To Renovate ‘Every Inch’ Of Assembly Hall

A long-discussed plan to renovate 50-year-old Assembly Hall at the University of Illinois should start next year and, while cutting seating capacity, include adding air conditioning and suites, Athletic Director Mike Thomas said Thursday.

CBS Chicago–03/28/2013

Illinois Head Coach John Groce  (Credit: Getty)

Wisch: One Year After Hire, Illini Enjoying A Groce Profit

It turned out that the Illini – and, most significantly, athletic director Mike Thomas – were indeed lucky. And in the end, that was good.

CBS Chicago–03/26/2013

Illinois head coach John Groce. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Wisch: How Far Can The Fighting Illini Go?

The last time Illinois and Colorado squared off in a game that truly meant something, the Fighting Illini fell far behind, staged a furious comeback and escaped with a dramatic one-point victory.

CBS Chicago–03/21/2013

Brandon Paul. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Illinois, Paul Get Shot At Strong Finish In NCAA Tournament

Illinois ran out of the gate to start this season, a hot-shooting surprise that opened 12-0 just months after imploding in a way that made observers wonder whether the Illini might carry the effects for some time.

CBS Chicago–03/19/2013

John Groce. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Hoge: Despite Loss To IU, Safe To Call Illini Season A Success

About 20 minutes had passed since their failed attempt at beating the Indiana Hoosiers for the second time this season, but there was still a small sense of accomplishment in the room.

CBS Chicago–03/15/2013

Brandon Paul. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hoge: Brandon Paul Puts On Show For ‘Super Parents’

When Minnesota guard Austin Hollins stepped out of bounds with 14.6 seconds left in regulation, John Groce had a decision to make.

CBS Chicago–03/14/2013

John Groce. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Season Already A Success? It’s Looking Like It

By the end of that ugly Big Ten basketball tilt in Iowa City on Tuesday night, the only thing more plentiful among the Illini than missed shots was their disappointment.

CBS Chicago–03/07/2013

John Groce. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Illini Athletic Department Chose The Worst Picture Possible To Promote The Penn State Game

(WSCR) We’re going to assume this was just a major, major oversight by the University of Illinois ticket offices. In an email sent to Illini fans Thursday morning, the athletic department encourages fans to purchase […]

670 The Score–02/14/2013

Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Wisch: NCAA Tourney-Bound? Illini Basketball Still Has Work To Do

On Monday morning, a Facebook friend posted a status asking where people thought Illinois will be seeded in the NCAA Tournament. His guess: as a No. 8 seed.

CBS Chicago–02/12/2013

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