Category: Illinois Fighting Illini

Illinois Coach John Groce Says the Team Has Already Met the Goal the Seniors Set This Season

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

The first season at Illinois for John Groce could not have started any better. His Illini won 14 of their first 16 games, including wins over Butler, Gonzaga and Ohio State. After that rapid start, the schedule got tougher and the Illini quickly came crashing back down. Finishing 22-12, with a ...

Bruce Weber is Hungry to Do Something in March After Winning Big 12 Coach of the Year

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Just about one year ago, Bruce Weber was in the middle of a messy divorce with Illinois. Weber got off to a great start with the Illini but started to disappoint toward the end and ultimately ended up getting fired. He quickly landed on his feet with Kansas State and ...

John Groce Leads Illinois to 12-0 Start in his First Season on the Job

Friday, December 21st, 2012

There's no arguing that Illinois is one of the most intriguing college basketball teams of the first half of the season. The team lost 12 of its last 14 games last year, finishing 17-15 and watching coach Bruce Weber get the ax. In came John Groce from Ohio and all ...

With Multiple Offers on the Table, Bruce Weber Picks Kansas State

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

It didn't take Bruce Weber long to find a new home. In fact, it sounds like he had his pick of the litter. The Illinois coach was fired immediately after his team bowed out of the Big Ten tournament last month, but he says calls starting heating up about new ...

After Some Delay, Illinois Tabs John Groce as its New Head Basketball Coach

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Shaka Smart decided not to take the job at Illinois and Brad Stevens wasn't even ready to say that he was contacted by the folks with the Fighting Illini. After a bit of a process and much public debate about whether or not the job was still considered an elite-level ...

UNLV Brings NCAA Tournament Tradition Back to the Forefront

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

When it comes to the Mountain West Conference, everybody knows about the teams that carried the league this season. No. 2-seeded San Diego State and No. 3-seeded BYU have plenty of folks thinking a team from the league could make a run to the Final Four this year. While UNLV's chances ...

Missouri’s Gary Pinkel Pledges to Stay the Course Regarding Program’s Discipline

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

When a college football program suffers from a rash of off-the-field incidents, it's pretty easy for critics to call for wide-sweeping change -- either in personnel or philosophy. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel has been around long enough, and with a clean enough record on and off the field, to probably ...

NCAA Tournament South Region Interviews

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

At the start of the year, most pundits thought that the North Carolina Tar Heels, led by senior All-American Tyler Hansbrough, would be cutting down the nets come April. At one point, there was even talk of the 'Heels navigating a tough non-conference and competitive ACC schedule undefeated. That of ...