Mike Thomas

Courtesy University of Illinois Athletics.


Watch out, Chicago’s Big Ten Team, because there’s a different team that’s claiming the whole state.

CBS Chicago–08/03/2012

Cheerleaders for the Illinois Fighting Illini fire up their fans prior to a game.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: With House-Cleaning Done, Heat Is Now On Illini’s Thomas

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.

CBS Chicago–03/30/2012

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

Illinois AD: Coaching Search ‘Went According To Plan’

Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas said most of those reports surrounding the school’s coaching search were completely untrue.

670 The Score–03/30/2012

Marquette head coach Buzz Williams. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hoge: With Shaka Smart Out, Who Does Illinois Turn To Now?

Thomas’ latest rejection has left him in a tough spot. Other candidates now know how much money Illinois is willing to spend.

CBS Chicago–03/21/2012

Shaka Smart

Sources: Smart Has Offer From Illini; Smith Meets With Thomas

Sources close to Simeon head coach Robert Smith say he has been in Champaign having conversations with Thomas about an assistant job.

CBS Chicago–03/20/2012

VCU head coach Shaka Smart. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Report: Illinois Determined To Hire Shaka Smart

​As Illinois continues its search for a new head coach, new athletic director Mike Thomas is after one guy.

670 The Score–03/19/2012

Shaka Smart

Bernstein: Illini Hire Must Ignore Race

It’s difficult enough to hire the right basketball coach at Illinois, without choosing to limit the field of candidates beforehand.

670 The Score–03/18/2012

Tom Izzo. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Izzo Needs To Mind His Own Business, Not Illinois’

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.

CBS Chicago–03/13/2012

Bruce Weber. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Illini AD Thomas Refuses To Comment On Izzo Rant

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.

670 The Score–03/12/2012

VCU head coach Shaka Smart. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Hoge: Ten Possible Illini Head Coaching Candidates

With Bruce Weber officially out the door, here are nine possible Illini head coaching candidates.

CBS Chicago–03/09/2012

Bruce Weber

Bruce Weber Fired

Bruce Weber was fired from Illinois on Friday morning.

CBS Chicago–03/09/2012

Bruce Weber looks on during the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Hoge: For Bruce Weber’s Sake, Pull The Cord Already

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.


Chicago Skyline. (credit: Thinkstock.com)

Wisch: Can Illinois ‘Conquer’ Chicago? Mike Thomas Is Going To Try

Last August, Mike Thomas managed to throw down a gauntlet in Chicago.

CBS Chicago–03/02/2012

Bruce Weber

Bernstein: Illinois Basketball Must Decide What It Is

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.

CBS Chicago–02/19/2012

Bruce Weber

Hoge: Bruce Weber Needs A Miracle To Save Job

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.

CBS Chicago–02/16/2012

Bruce Weber

Illini AD Thomas Noncommittal Toward Bruce Weber

Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas joined The McNeil and Spiegel Show and didn’t exactly give his head basketball coach a vote of confidence.

670 The Score–02/14/2012

Bruce Weber

Pressure Builds On Bruce Weber

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.

CBS Chicago–02/13/2012

The leprechaun and cheerleaders for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish run onto the field before a game against the Navy Midshipmen at Notre Dame Stadium. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Get Notre Dame Back On Illini Schedule

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.

CBS Chicago–12/15/2011

Greg Schiano. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Who Will Be Illinois’ Next Head Coach?

After firing Ron Zook Sunday, the Illini have started searching for their next head coach.

CBS Chicago–11/29/2011

Chris Petersen. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Wisch: Two Names Can Put Illini Football On The Map

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.

CBS Chicago–11/19/2011