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MJ's take: Things are good

We asked beat writer MARCUS JACKSON for his take on John Groce’s latest commitment:


Illinois rewards Groce

CHAMPAIGN — Mike Thomas likes what he sees with the Illinois men's basketball program.

So much so that the Illinois athletic director announced Saturday a one-year extension and a $200,000 raise for coach John Groce that increases his compensation to $1.6 million.


Cosby picks Illini

CHAMPAIGN — When he decided to transfer away from Seton Hall last month, guard Aaron Cosby said he was looking for familiarity with the coaching staff and a style of play that best suited his game. He found both of those on his visit to Illinois this weekend, giving John Groce and his staff a verbal commitment late Friday night.


Tate: It's anyone's guess who's best

With Rutgers the latest black eye, we are reminded that college basketball is imperfect. Not exactly a revelation, huh?


Cosby: 'I have that with Illinois'

CHAMPAIGN — When Aaron Cosby decided he’d be best suited to finish his college career somewhere other than Seton Hall, the 6-foot-3 guard said he heard from “anywhere from 13 to 20 schools.”  

Cosby quickly narrowed his choices to two schools — Illinois and Missouri — and is making the first of his two official visits this weekend with John Groce’s program.


It's official: Butler introduces Miller

INDIANAPOLIS — Butler has hired Brandon Miller as an assistant coach.

He replaces Matthew Graves, who has taken the head coaching job at South Alabama.


K-State rewards Weber

 Kansas State has rewarded basketball coach Bruce Weber for winning a share of the school’s first conference championship in 36 years with a raise and a one-year contract extension.


D.J. chasing NBA dream

D.J. Richardson’s dream has been to play in the NBA.

Today, the former Illini will take the first step toward realizing that goal while participating in front of representatives from all 30 NBA teams — and alongside 63 other college seniors — at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.


MJ's early Top 10: Go Sparty!

Beat writer and AP poll voter Marcus Jackson’s way-too-early Top 10 for 2013-14


Toledo's Pedon to replace Miller

A week after Brandon Miller left the Illinois program to become an assistant coach at Butler, John Groce has turned to Toledo assistant coach Ryan Pedon to replace Miller as Illinois’ special assistant to the head coach.