Illinois Coaching Search: Ohio Officials Say John Groce Hasn't Received Offer Yet

Officials from the Ohio Bobcats say that current head coach John Groce hasn't actually been offered a contract to take over the same role with the Illinois Fighting Illini, according to Wesley Lowery, the editor of Ohio's student newspaper. Rumors have run rampant over the past couple days tying Illinois to Groce, including word that the two sides had a deal, but everyone is still awaiting official word on the situation.

At this point, it almost seems like a certainty that Groce will eventually be hired by Illinois to replace Bruce Weber, but negotiations still could fall apart at this point. Considering that previous reports had the two sides agreeing to a deal while now it appears that an offer hasn't even been made officially, there probably will be more twists in this story before everything is over.

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