Though his time with the Illini has been brief, head basketball John Groce is showing promise in his recruiting.
Here on Basketball Eve, my dual pleas are for Illini fans to not expect too much, and for the Illini players to show us something.
When new Illinois basketball coach John Groce makes his debut for the Fighting Illini on Friday Night in Champaign, he’ll be met with a rather quiet crowd.
While Illini Athletics Director Mike Thomas has come under fire for what is looking more and more like a disaster of a football hire, it seems many have forgotten that Illinois is a basketball school.
Back in July, after Simeon superstar Jabari Parker left the Illinois of his Top 10 list of potential college pitstops, I wrote that when it comes to basketball recruiting, second place truly is the first loser.
And this deeper dilemma affecting U. of I. athletics is so discouraging that after reading this column, you very well may be driven to drink yourself.
From Kansas’ Naismith tradition to North Carolina’s Jordanesque pedigree to Duke’s Coach K-fueled dominance, every “basketball” school in the country has something special to sell.
Illini fans should know not to get their hopes up that Jabari will indeed bring his road show to Champaign in 2013.
When it comes to college basketball recruiting, second place truly is the first loser.
At the University of Illinois, the faces may change, but the drama does not.
Illinois still needs a nonconference basketball opponent for its annual game at the United Center this December. Meanwhile, down at Kentucky, John Calipari’s national championship Wildcats just broke up with Indiana, their longtime nonconference foe from the Big Ten.
Contrary to popular belief, I don’t think the former Illinois player and assistant coach’s absence in orange next season is something that Illini Nation should get all that blue about.
New Illinois head coach John Groce completed his staff Wednesday by hiring Missouri assistant Isaac Chew.
As new Illinois coach John Groce prepares for his first season with the Illini, he’ll do so without assistant coach Jerrance Howard.
Party’s over. I don’t know if I’m more disturbed that this is just now becoming illegal or that prior to this law the only charge was “criminal damage to property.” (Seriously, it was.)
On Thursday, the bad case of Illini indigestion was finally relieved when Ohio University’s John Groce was announced as the 17th men’s head coach in Illinois history during a press conference at Assembly Hall in Champaign.
Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas said most of those reports surrounding the school’s coaching search were completely untrue.
While there has been speculation Groce would struggle to recruit out of Chicago, the new coach said recruiting out of Chicago will be a key aspect to his program.
Illinois introduced Groce as its new head coach Thursday, bringing him in to replace the fired Bruce Weber.
Here’s a picture comparing Groce with the infamous “Face Cake!” guy from the AT&T commercials.