as informed in Illinois has fired head basketball coach John Groce, according to a press release from the university Saturday afternoon.
After making the NCAA tournament in his first season, Groce missed the NCAA tournament four seasons in a row.
Assistant coach Jamall Walker will serve as interim coach for the Illini until a new head coach is hired.
Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman, who has been in the position for just over a year, made the decision to part ways with Groce, and issued the following statement:Illinois has fired John Groce as basketball coach.
Groce took over for Bruce Weber, who was fired after a Big Ten tournament loss to Iowa in 2012.
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On Saturday, Illinois fired John Groce almost exactly 48 hours after another stultifying end to another exasperating season.
USC coach Andy Enfield and Oklahoma City Thunder assistant Adrian Griffin may get a look or may be interested.
Barely two days after another disappointing finish to a basketball season, Illinois made a swift and definitive statement about the direction of its program.
Then the infamous Deon Thomas scandal broke, in which then-Iowa assistant Bruce Pearl reportedly taped Illinois assistant Jimmy Collins telling Thomas that the school would pay him for his pledge to play in Champaign.
according to Baylor head coach Scott Drew is an interesting name to keep in mind here as well, as is current St. Louis and former Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford.
Illinois has fired head coach John Groce.
Before going to SMU, Jankovich was head coach at Illinois State.
The first two names that Illinois should call are Tim Jankovich at SMU and Dan Muller at Illinois State.
“I want to thank John Groce and his staff for their tireless efforts over these past five years,” Illinois AD Josh Whitman said in a statement released by the university.
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