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Posts Tagged ‘Mike Thomas.’

Weber not out of work long; hired at Kansas State

 

Bruce Weber while at Illinois (2010 photo by PhotoVandal via wikipedia commons)

Bruce Weber’s days at Illinois where numbered the day that the school hired athletic director Mike Thomas away from the University of Cincinnati.

Rumors across  Big Ten country, Champaign, Illinois and Chicago said that Thomas wanted his own coaches and was waiting for something to go wrong with the football program under Ron Zook and basketball program under Weber.

Well both have been fired.

Weber has been hired at Kansas State to replace Frank Martin, who left to take the South Carolina job.

Weber was let go with three years on his contract and after going 210-101 in nine seasons at the University of Illinois. He led the Illini to six trips to the NCAA Tournament and had a national runner-up finish in 2005.

The Illini went 17-15 overall, 6-12 in the Big Ten.

Weber and Kansas State have agreed to a five-year, $8.5 million contract that will pay him $1.5 million next season and an additional $100,000 each remaining year.

 

 

Info compiled from Kansas State University, Radio & TV news

Ohio’s Groce hired to replace Weber at Illinois

 

John Groce (courtesy of MAC & Ohio athletics)

University of Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas on Thursday announced that John Groce would be the Illini’s 17th head basketball coach.

He replaces Bruce Weber, who endured another disappointing season and the fan base and administration had grown tired of underachieving Illini teams year-after-year.

Groce  takes the Illinois job after four seasons as head coach at Ohio University, where he led the Bobcats to an 85-56 overall record as well as Mid-American Conference Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2010 and 2012.

Ohio was the story of the year’s Tournament, advancing to the Sweet 16 as a No. 13 seed with victories over No. 4 seed Michigan followed by No. 12 seed South Florida. The Bobcats finished just short of the Elite Eight, falling to top-seed North Carolina in overtime in the regional semifinal. This year marked just the second time in Ohio’s school history and first since 1964 that the Bobcats won multiple games in the NCAA Tournament. Ohio finished the 2012 season with a school-record 29 wins and was known for its pressure defense, ranking second nationally in turnover percentage and third in steals percentage.

A former assistant caoch at Ohio State under Thad Matta, Groce has recorded a total of three wins during his last two NCAA appearances, as Ohio also made noise in the 2010 Tournament. Playing in the school’s first NCAA Tournament game in five seasons, the Bobcats received a No. 14 seed and defeated No. 3 seed Georgetown. With the 2010 and 2012 NCAA performances, Ohio became just the sixth school ever to win Tournament games as both a 13 and 14 seed.

Groce, who is 40, has a total of 19 years in the coaching profession and has been part of teams that have made 16 postseason appearances. His record in 15 years as an assistant was an impressive 349-156, giving him a combined record of 434-212 over his 19 years.

Reports say that Groce was offered $1.2 million a year on a 5 to 6 year contract and the most Ohio could offer to keep him was $500,000 annually up from the $300,000 he was paid this year.

 

Info compiled from Illinois & Ohio athletics news

 

Blue Jackets prospects beat Wild, 3-1

 

(courtesy of CBJ via wikipedia commons)

The Columbus Blue Jackets prospects, have continued to play well in the annual prospects tournament in Traverse City, Michigan.

Led by goaltender Paul Dainton, who made 26 saves, the CBJ won 3-1 over Minnesota.

Dainton is slated to play in the low minors this season.

The Blue Jackets, now 2-1 in the tourney, were led in scoring by Michael Chaput, Tyler Johnson and Mike Thomas.

Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m., the Jackets will play the St. Louis Blues in the third place game.

Info compiled from Radio, TV & Columbus Blue Jackets news