Champaign, IL (Sports Network) - Illinois men's basketball coach John Groce
received a one-year contract extension on Saturday.
Pending an approval by the University Board of Trustees, Groce will be on the
sidelines until 2017-18. He will also receive a $200,000 raise, increasing his
annual salary to $1.6 million.
"We are pleased to extend John Groce's contract by a year and reward him for
an outstanding job in his first season at Illinois," said athletic director
Mike Thomas. "The arrow is definitely pointing up for Fighting Illini
basketball, and this helps solidify the commitment by both the University and
John to continue moving the program to a championship level."
Groce led Illinois to a 23-13 (8-10 Big Ten) record last season, including a
perfect 12-0 start. The Fighting Illini earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament
as a No. 7 seed, defeating Colorado in the second round before losing to
Miami-Florida in the Round of 32.
"We are very excited about the direction Illinois Basketball is moving," said
Groce. "Our staff and players will continue to work tirelessly to reach the
championsip-level standards we have set for our program on the court, off the
court and in the classroom. When you combine the world-class academic
reputation of the University of Illinois with the outstanding support of
President Bob Easter, Chancellor Phyllis Wise, Director of Athletics Mike
Thomas, the DIA and our other campus administration, we feel like we have all
the pieces here to compete at the highest level."
Prior to joining Illinois, Groce spent four seasons at Ohio University and
guided the Bobcats to an 85-56 record and a pair of NCAA Tournament
appearances. In 2011-12, Ohio went 29-8 and reached the Sweet 16 before losing
to North Carolina in overtime.
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