“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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.