Wisch: Illinois Has Something No Other School Can Offer - And John Groce Knows ItFrom 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.
Wisch: Illinois’ Beckman Mishandled Penn State ‘Recruiting’ TripAt Big Ten Media Days this week, much discussion swirled around the controversial topic of recruiting current Penn State players, who were who were essentially declared “free agents” by NCAA president Mark Emmert as part of PSU’s sweeping sanctions.
Former Illini Star Williams Lands Mega Contract With NetsDeron Williams is moving to Brooklyn with the Nets, instead of back home to Dallas.
Wisch: Scheduling Kentucky Could Put A Bounce In Illini’s StepIllinois 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.
Report: Groce Won't Retain Howard On Illini StaffAs new Illinois coach John Groce prepares for his first season with the Illini, he'll do so without assistant coach Jerrance Howard.
Wisch: With House-Cleaning Done, Heat Is Now On Illini’s ThomasOn 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 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.
Groce: Illinois Would Be 'Foolish' To Neglect Chicago 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.
Photo: John Groce Look-A-LikeHere's a picture comparing Groce with the infamous "Face Cake!" guy from the AT&T commercials.
Video: 7-Year Anniversary Of Illinois-Arizona GameIt was seven years ago today that the Illinois men's basketball team orchestrated the come back of the decade when they erased a 15-point deficit to defeat the Wildcats and advance to the Final Four.
Wisch: For Illini Hoops, Loyalty Only Goes So FarThis month, when it comes time for Mike Thomas to hire Illinois’ next basketball coach, I expect that he’ll choose the hottest rising one that’s available to him. And he should hire that guy – even if there’s a threat he may one day go elsewhere.
VIDEO: Bruce Weber's Emotional Postgame RemarksCheck out this video of Bruce Weber addressing the media of Illinois' loss.
Report: Illini's Beckman Uses Porridge For Punishment New Illinois head football coach Tim Beckman is serious about his players obeying his rules.
Muller: Illini Players Need To Be Held AccountableWhile he may likely lose his job after this season, Weber is not the only problem at Assembly Hall.
Wisch: Can Illinois ‘Conquer’ Chicago? Mike Thomas Is Going To TryLast August, Mike Thomas managed to throw down a gauntlet in Chicago.