Illinois has fired coach John Groce after five seasons, the school announced late Saturday.

Groce went 95-75 overall during his time in Champaign, including a 37-53 record in the Big Ten. Under Groce, the Fighting Illini never finished above seventh in the Big Ten and went 18-14 (8-10) this season.

Assistant coach Jamall Walker will serve as interim head coach while the school searches for a successor.

Groce, 45, took over the Fighting Illini program after leading Ohio to a Sweet 16 appearance in 2012. He went to an NCAA tournament in his first season at Illinois, beating Colorado before falling to Miami in the second round.

Groce wasn't able to get Illinois back to the NCAA tournament, though, failing to finish above .500 in Big Ten play in any of his five seasons with Illinois.

The Fighting Illini made NIT appearances in 2014 and 2015. They were on the bubble heading down the stretch this season, but lost in the regular-season finale to Rutgers and then fell by 20 to Michigan in their first game of the Big Ten tournament.

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