John Groce Fired

#52
Grand Island Ne
Nothing but respect for Groce. Sure it didnt work out but he is a class act. He did things the right way and truly cared. Tough when it doesnt work out for good guys, wish him nothing but the best!!
Agree 100%.

The bad luck with injuries and recruiting misses didn't help Groces results but this year with a fairly healthy team sealed his fate.

I imagine it was a very tough call for Whitman but one he new was necessary.

Wish the best for coach Groce.
 
#54
IL Board Resident Crooner
Austin, TX
Per Woj: Monty staying in NBA even tho Illinois willing to pay him like top college coach.


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#56
North Bethesda, Maryland
And there it is. I sincerely hope that people aren't rejoicing, even if it is agreed it was the right decision.
I agree, but only to a degree. I don't think anyone should rejoice at Groce's expense, but to rejoice that there is hope for the program to improve is completely understandable.
 
#59


Hallelujah. Nice tribute by Josh Whitman. Now let's go get Williams. Good luck to JG going forward.


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#60
I wish him luck. I like John Groce as a coach and person. Probably just came down to that darn Rutgers game.

I wonder if the Big12 needs another former Illinois Coach.
 
#62
I wish him the best. A solid guy...he just never got the the results.

Go Illini.
Caught a lot of bad breaks. We'll always have Maui. Good luck in the future John. I'd welcome him back as the women's coach. That is not intended as an insult.
 
#63
Well, the only thing that's surprising about this is the timing. Which is, quite frankly, pretty surprising.

Sorry it couldn't work out, as JG was definitely a top-notch ambassador for the program and a class act. Gotta get results on the court, though. Next man up!
 
#65
I would speculate that every person on this board rooted for John Groce. I respect him immensely and I know he is going to succeed somewhere. It was the right move and I truly hope we can find someone with equal character.
 
#69
OFL Supplier, BU's Brylcreem
Virginia
Is it a foregone conclusion that Walker would be gone too?
 
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#71
Don't feel too bad for the guy. He racked up a couple million. He screwed our program big time. Set us back a bunch. Good guy. But most people are. Can say the same for Weber...
 
#74
The only negative thing I'll ever have to say about John Groce is that he didn't win enough, which is much more than I can say about his predecessor.

Will miss the man, but the change had to be made, and he's leaving behind a program that is in better shape than the one he inherited in terms of both the record this year vs weber's last team, as well as talent on the roster/incoming recruits. Hopefully the new guy can keep the class together and hit the ground running.
 
#75
Needed to happen, but this is still a sad day. Was hoping a return to 2000-2005 success under Groce. I hope the next coach keeps the recruiting class intact. Thanks for your effort JG.

Boy Thomas was bad wasn't he?