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.
Thomas’ latest rejection has left him in a tough spot. Other candidates now know how much money Illinois is willing to spend.
Sources close to Simeon head coach Robert Smith say he has been in Champaign having conversations with Thomas about an assistant job.
As Illinois continues its search for a new head coach, new athletic director Mike Thomas is after one guy.
It’s difficult enough to hire the right basketball coach at Illinois, without choosing to limit the field of candidates beforehand.
Instead of making a brief statement in support of his friend, Izzo opted on Friday to instead unspool an inappropriate – and inaccurate – rant against Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas.
In an interview on The Mully & Hanley Show on 670 The Score, Thomas simply said he had no comment, after Izzo ripped him Friday at the Big Ten Tournament.
With Bruce Weber officially out the door, here are nine possible Illini head coaching candidates.
Bruce Weber was fired from Illinois on Friday morning.
As he sat at the podium, his face beat red and his hoarse voice even raspier than usual, one could only hope someone has the decency to unplug the life support soon.
Last August, Mike Thomas managed to throw down a gauntlet in Chicago.
If this pathetic, blubbering mess of failure and self-flagellation is to be somehow disinfected, it will take some real soul-searching before a reconstruction plan can be created.
According to multiple sources, key Illini boosters have made it clear to Illinois Athletic Director Mike Thomas that Weber’s $3.9 million buyout should not stand in the way of making a change.
Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas joined The McNeil and Spiegel Show and didn’t exactly give his head basketball coach a vote of confidence.
Mike Thomas is now about to launch a campaign to raise more than $100 million to redo Assembly Hall even as fans grow increasingly frustrated with men’s basketball coach Bruce Weber.
Whether it’s possible for any college to truly conquer the Midwestern metropolis that so favors pro sports and boasts such a diverse collegiate fandom is quite debatable.
After firing Ron Zook Sunday, the Illini have started searching for their next head coach.
I’m sure that Mike Thomas has his own list of names who he’d like to see as his coach at Illinois. But my advice is this: Aim high.
Above everything else on Saturday, as Illinois fans trudged out of Memorial Stadium, they were again reminded of the cold, hard truth that Ron Zook is not a big-time football coach.