Illinois rewards Groce

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.

The extension, which is pending University Board of Trustees approval, will keep Groce on the Illini sidelines through the conclusion of the 2017-18 season.

"We are pleased to extend John Groce's contract by a year and reward him for an outstanding job in his first season at Illinois," Thomas said. "The arrow is definitely pointing up for Fighting Illini basketball, and this helps solidify the commitment by both the University and John to continue moving the program to a championship level."

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AlD5862 wrote on April 13, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Justly deserved!  Plus I think Coach Bollant deserves one also.

kfj wrote on April 13, 2013 at 6:04 pm

It's nice to see a coach being rewarded for a good season. In a direct comparison, Volleyball Coach Kevin H. didn't get rewarded at all in clear comparison when it took his team to the final NCAA game two years ago. How about Justin Springs when his team WON a national championship last year? Did he get a comparable raise in salary?

Green Shirt wrote on April 13, 2013 at 7:04 pm


While you are at it, how about Mike Small (golf)?  Unfortunately, you are not taking into account the difference between "revenue producing" sports and "non-revenue producing" sports (although in some instances Women's Volleyball may be a revenue producer).

Neusch wrote on April 14, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Agreed that all (great) coaches probably deserve a bump.  Professors too.  But there are always limitations.  After seeing the post Miami speech, I'm on the Groce bandwagon...