Breaking News Bar
updated: 4/13/2013 6:11 PM

Illinois gives Groce contract extension, raise

Success - Article sent! close
Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN -- Illinois has rewarded coach John Groce's successful first season in Champaign with a contract extension and a $200,000-a-year raise.

Athletic Director Mike Thomas said Saturday that Groce's contract will be extended one year through the 2017-18 season. The raise will increase his pay to $1.6 million a year. Both changes still need approval of the university's board of trustees.

Thomas said the team's 23-13 record is a sign it's headed toward playing championship-caliber basketball.

Groce credited his players for buying into his system early and keeping great attitudes. Groce came to Illinois after a four-year run at Ohio.

The Illini made it to the NCAA tournament and defeated Colorado before losing to Miami. They finished 8-10 in the Big Ten.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.