Illinois Coaching Search: John Groce Agrees To Terms With Illinois, According To Report

The Illinois Fighting Illini appear to have finally closed the book on the trifling head coaching search. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Illini have reached a deal with Ohio Bobcats head coach John Groce to be the team's next head coach.

The team has a press conference scheduled for 3 p.m. CDT and is expected to announce the hiring then. Groce has spent the last four seasons with the Ohio Bobcats, leading them to an 85-56 record in that span. In the 2011-12 season, the Bobcats earned their second NCAA Tournament bid under Groce wiht a 29-8 record, losing the Midwest Regional Semifinals.

The reported hiring brings a close to a hiring saga that included several embarrassing rebuffs from mid-major coaches, such as Shaka Smart, who elected to remain with their current teams.

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