week ago, the Illinois Fighting Illini gave Head Coach John Groce a one-year
contract extension and a nice pay raise, $200,000 to be exact. Groce was given this pay bump and extension
because he led the Illini to a 23-13
record and an 8-10 record in the Big Ten. And lets not forget, a NCAA tournament
appearance and a victory in his first year.
With this generous contract extension, what should Illini fans think about and expect from Groce in his
second season? He is losing his top player in Brandon Paul and needs to be able
to make sure the recruits he is bringing in can play with the big boys of the
Everybody loved Illinois when
the shots were falling but what happened when they weren’t; the team would get
out played. Will Groce have to change his game plan from last season?
Returning will be Tracy Abrams,
Joseph Bertrand, and Nnanna Egwu to lead the Illini. Bertrand will be the
only returning senior in Illino