CHAMPAIGN — Illinois, which hasn't made the NCAA women's basketball tournament since 2003, is hoping Matt Bollant can end the drought.
Wildly successful at Green Bay, Bollant was introduced as the Illini's eighth coach at a news conference this morning on campus.
"Great things are ahead for our program," Bollant said.
Athletic director Mike Thomas, who also is conducting a search for a men's basketball coach, introduced Bollant at a news conference that included Illinois football coach Tim Beckman and a gaggle of reporters.
Said Thomas: "It's hard to find a coach in the country with a better reputation for winning than Matt Bollant."
Bollant said improved practice habits will turn Illinois into a better product and that the Assembly Hall will fill up as a result. As far as playing in Huff Hall, Bollant said: "I'm hoping we're too big for Huff. This is a project."