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Klee: Q&A with new coach Groce

Ignore the naysayers.

This is an ideal fit.

First, he’s a Bears fan. And every little bit helps with the skeptics north of Interstate 80.

Second, he grew up 107 miles away in Danville, Ind., where he spent summer nights listening to Big Ten games and snappin’ beans with his brother, Dave.

Becker's back in the saddle

He could be preparing for his first semester of physical therapy school, a three-year program with a select list of candidates.

He could be driving his scooter to pick up fast food. Pigging out while watching soap operas, then taking a nap.

Huth: Big disappointment for Johnson, Illini

CHAMPAIGN — In his last five starts, Kevin Johnson was unbeatable.

On Friday night, the Illinois ace was the one who took a beating.

Johnson, who never pitched fewer than seven innings during each game of his recent winning streak, failed to make it through the third as Indiana rolled to a 12-3 Big Ten victory at Illinois Field.

Gymnasts fourpeat at Big Tens

IOWA CITY, Iowa — It wasn't perfect, but they'll take it. Justin Spring's Illinois men's gymnastics team claimed its fourth straight Big Ten championship, outlasting runner-up Penn State 352.950-350.000 on Friday at Iowa. The Nittany Lions are ranked No. 1 in the country.

Klee: What's next for Illini recruiting

CHAMPAIGN — John Groce doesn't pigeonhole recruiting into a specific time frame.

"You're always recruiting," the Illinois coach said Friday after a team workout at Ubben Basketball Complex. "You can never stop recruiting."

Spoonhour's son tabbed as Panthers' next coach

A week after holding a public interview session as one of five finalists for the Eastern Illinois University men's basketball coaching job, Rantoul native Kareem Richardson is not the university's choice to replace former Panthers coach Mike Miller.

Follow Stricker at the Masters

Is this the year former Illini Steve Stricker wins a major? His first chance is at this weekend's Masters.

Stricker shot a 71 Thursday and tees off late Friday — follow along here

GodBold named team MVP

CHAMPAIGN — Junior guard Adrienne GodBold on Thursday was named the Illinois women's basketball team's Most Valuable Player for the 2011-12 season.

Tate: Basketball in Illinois is a sorry state

Amateur basketball in Illinois has reached an unexpected, inexplicable modern low.

You can counter this statement with the fact that a freshman at Kentucky, Anthony Davis of Chicago, was National Player of the Year. And some services rank Chicago Simeon's Jabari Parker No. 1 in the junior class.

Talent well drying up?

 Of the top 15 players on The News-Gazette’s All-State team, a unit that for years was actively recruited to fill major collegiate slots, only one of 10 seniors has signed for a scholarship at one of the six major conferences. Steve Taylor, generally regarded the No. 3 player on Simeon’s state champions, is going to Marquette.