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U of I gives basketball coach a raise

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  • New Illinois men's basketball coach John Groce speaks during his introductory news conference, Thursday, March 29, 2012, in Champaign, Ill. Groce is replacing the fired Bruce Weber after compiling a 85-56 overall record and 34-30 in MAC games at Ohio. (AP Photo/Herald & Review, Stephen Haas) MANDATORY CREDIT

      New Illinois men's basketball coach John Groce speaks during his introductory news conference, Thursday, March 29, 2012, in Champaign, Ill. Groce is replacing the fired Bruce Weber after compiling a 85-56 overall record and 34-30 in MAC games at Ohio. (AP Photo/Herald & Review, Stephen Haas) MANDATORY CREDIT

 
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University of Illinois trustees have boosted the size of the budget for the State Farm Center renovation and given basketball coach John Groce a raise and contract extension.

Trustees meeting in Chicago on Thursday agreed to increase the budget for the arena work from $165 million to $169.5 million. The extra money is intended to cover additional costs related to a new scoreboard, video boards and other items.

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Work on the arena has started and is expected to be finished in late 2016.

Groce's annual pay was increased by $100,000 a year to $1.7 million. The coach's contract was extended by a year through 2018-19. Groce has coached two seasons at Illinois and his teams have made the NCAA Tournament and the National Invitation Tournament.

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