No pressure, Coach

No pressure, Coach

John Groce on Friday will try to avoid becoming the first coach to lose his Illinois debut since Frank Winters’ Illini took a message board beating after stumbling against Millikin 29-24 in 1920. The next nine Illinois coaches fared better:

Craig Ruby    1922
— Wallie Roettger’s eight points helped beat Washington U. 29-14

Doug Mills    1936
— Carroll had no answer for Lou Boudreau (18 points) in a 51-34 defeat

Harry Combes    1947
— 67-27 win against Coe was the first of 20 straight season-opening wins by Champaign High legend

Harv Schmidt    1967
— Can’t imagine today’s Illini having guts to open at Butler (Dave Scholz’s 37 sparked 75-57 win)

Gene Bartow    1974
— Opening win (69-58 vs. Valpo) in an otherwise drab one-year stint (8-18)

Lou Henson    1975
— Rich Adams scored 16 of Illini’s final 20 points in 60-58 thriller at Nebraska

Lon Kruger    1996
— Pressure was on in 68-63 win at UIC, where Henson assistant Jimmy Collins had the Pavilion fired up

Bill Self    2000
— Ranked No. 8 to start season — Illini’s highest since 1990 — and showed why in 86-57 rout of Maine

Bruce Weber    2003
— Like Combes, Bartow and Self, he never lost an opener at Illinois, including No. 1 (94-66 vs. Western Illinois)

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jruss62 wrote on November 08, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Can someone please tell me why bw face is still on here???????????

He's not the coach TAKE IT DOWN

What are you good people at ILLINI HQ thinking, nothing says welcome like seeing the guy you replace up more then you see your own face.(coach Groce)

He's gone not coming back.