Ohio’s John Groce has been introduced as Illinois’ next men’s basketball coach.   The 40-year old Groce has been the head coach of the Ohio Bobcats for the last four years.  Ohio earned a Sweet 16 berth in this season’s NCAA Tournament, where the Bobcats fell to top seeded North Carolina in overtime. 

Groce talks about recruiting


Groce talks about the importance of recruiting out of Chicago

Groce says he met the players this morning

Groce says he believes in the program

Groce says he will study his team and determine a style of play

Groce replaces Bruce Weber, who was fired on March 9, after nine seasons with the Fighting Illini.  Weber went 210-101 at Illinois.