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Tate: Groce on the prowl

“We recruit every day. A guy I worked for said, ‘It’s like shaving. If you don’t do it every day, you’ll look pretty shabby.’ ” — Illini coach John Groce

Groce always looks clean-shaven, from his chin to the top of his head.

McDonald's All-American Game report

HQ recruiting blogger Matt Daniels is attending today's McDonald's All-American Game media day in Chicago.

He'll provide updates via twitter. Follow along all day here.

Groce Q&A

John Groce will deal with reporters one last time before heading to the Final Four in Atlanta. Today's news conference is scheduled to start at noon at Memorial Stadium.

Beat writer Marcus Jackson will be on hand and providing twitter updates. Follow along here.

Miller leaving Groce's staff

CHAMPAIGN — Brandon Miller, who served as John Groce’s special assistant this past season, is leaving the Illinois program to join Brad Stevens’ staff at Butler, according to multiple sources.

Miller will replace Matthew Graves on the Butler staff. Graves left to take the head coaching job at South Alabama last week.

Future Illini Finke honored

CHAMPAIGN — It’s spring break for Michael Finke.

Except there’s little indication it is spring.

On this particular early morning in late March, temperatures in the mid-teens flash on bank signs throughout Champaign-Urbana.
Frost is still evident on nearby fields. The wind is biting.

And there’s no break for the Centennial big man. Hardly.

Tate: Thomas building momentum for Hall

It’s crunch time already.

Mike Thomas has less than two months before he meets with the UI Board of Trustees to announce funding plans for the Assembly Hall.

At that point, 80 percent of the funding must be in place. So we can be relatively certain that a major naming-rights corporation has stepped forward.

Here are aspects rattling my brain:

MJ: An early look

Illinois’ season ended a week ago today, so it’s time to look ahead. Eight players are leaving, so there’s plenty of uncertainty.
We asked beat writer Marcus Jackson for an early outlook on next season — from returning players to the schedule and more.

Mike Thomas at Soldier Field

It's a busy weekend for Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas.

On Thursday, he provided updates on renovation plans at the Assembly Hall. Read about it here.

Shaw, Langford, Djimde leaving Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Three Illinois players with eligibility remaining — Mike Shaw, Devin Langford and Ibby Djimde — will not return to the program for the 2013-14 season.

The moves will free up three scholarships for Illinois.

Mike Thomas talks Assembly Hall

Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas provided an Assembly Hall update during a 1 p.m. news conference Thursday. Staff writer Julie Wurth was at the briefing and has the story here.