Updated: Groce raise: $100,000

Updated: Groce raise: $100,000

Illini basketball coach John Groce would get a $100,000 raise and a one-year contract extension under a plan presented to UI trustees Thursday.

A proposed amendment to Groce’s contract would keep his base salary at $400,000 annually but boost his other compensation from media and marketing contracts to $1.3 million. His overall pay would rise to $1.7 million, plus incentives.

If approved, the amendment would also extend his contract through the 2018-19 basketball season. 

Athletic Director Mike Thomas said Groce's salary is below the Big Ten average. He said players are showing strong academic progress, Groce's teams had back-to-back 20-win seasons including a road win against Michigan State and win against Missouri in St. Louis. He also cited Groce's strong recruiting classes and his help in raising money for the renovations at the State Farm Center.

Groce's current contract runs through April 2018 and pays him a total of $1.6 million annually, plus incentives.

The UI Board of Trustees’ Governance, Personnel and Ethics Committee reviewed the amendment Thursday. The full board will vote on it at its regular meeting July 24 in Chicago.

Groce was hired in 2012 under a five-year agreement that paid him $400,000 annually plus $1 million for media and marketing activities.

A year ago Groce received a $200,000 raise, and a $25,000 bonus, after his first Illini team made the 2013 NCAA tournament.

His second Illinois team failed to reach the tournament, with the Illini losing in the second round of the NIT.

Groce gets incentive payments of $25,000 to $250,000 each year for meeting specific goals, such as a Big Ten tournament title or NCAA tournament appearance.

Groce’s base salary is paid with athletic department income. The additional compensation comes from Nike and other media and marketing contracts.

He also receives deferred compensation of $100,000 a year, or $500,000 total, for staying five years.



News-Gazette.com embraces discussion of both community and world issues. We welcome you to contribute your ideas, opinions and comments, but we ask that you avoid personal attacks, vulgarity and hate speech. We reserve the right to remove any comment at our discretion, and we will block repeat offenders' accounts. To post comments, you must first be a registered user, and your username will appear with any comment you post. Happy posting.

Login or register to post comments

BruckJr wrote on July 10, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Yo Mike, perhaps there is a reason why his compensation is below the B10 average.  He has finished above only three of twelve teams from the conference in each of his first two years.

Moonpie wrote on July 10, 2014 at 3:07 pm

How many Big Ten titles has Groce won to be getting raises and extension without so far truly proving himself?

Win a title -- then  ask for a raise.

Batman wrote on July 10, 2014 at 5:07 pm

How many people get a $100,000 raise after a really pathetic performance, to raise their total annual compensation package to $1.7 million + incentives?? The Illini were 20-15 in 2013-14. Of the 20 wins, 10 were against schools no one has never heard of when it comes to college basketball. In the Big 10, the Illini were 7-11. The Illini did not win a single game against a team ranked in the AP Top 25.

Where is the motivation to produce a top flight basketball program that people can be proud of when the coach can earn over $1.7 million a year dishing out crap?

Lostinspace wrote on July 10, 2014 at 5:07 pm

I thought raises were supposed to be 2.5%.

Batman wrote on July 10, 2014 at 5:07 pm

I think you got a decimal in the wrong place.  $100,000 is 25% of his current base package of $400,000.

PortlandIllini wrote on July 10, 2014 at 6:07 pm

No complaints from me.   Groce is a good coach and worth the money.   Go Illini!