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."