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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.

GroceĀ  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


Indiana hires BGSU’s Miller to lead struggling women’s program


Curt Miller (courtesy of BGSU athletics)

The Indiana Hoosiers trying to move on from a 6-24 season from former coach Felisha Legette-Jack, have hired Bowling Green’s Curt Miller to lead the women’s team.

Miller went 258-92 in 11 years with the Falcons with a 135-41 record in the Mid-American Conference.

Miller and the Bowling Green Falcons have been the benchmark program in the MAC where he was named Coach of the Year 6 times, won the regular season title 8 years in a row from 2005-2012 and made 8 straight postseason appearances in a row since 2005, NCAA (5), WNIT (3).

Miller’s best year was 31-4 in 2006 with a Sweet 16 appearance.

Miller before becoming a head coach was an assistant at Colorado State, Cleveland State and Syracuse.


Info compiled from Bowling Green State University & Indiana University news

Tom Ostrom added to new Dayton staff as assistant


Tom Ostrom (courtesy of Arkansas athletics)

New University of Dayton head basketball coach Archie Miller continues to build his own staff.

He has added 41-year-old Tom Ostrom from the University of Arkansas basketball program.

Ostrom spent four seasons at Arkansas on John Pelphrey’s staff. The Razorbacks were 69-59 during those years with one NCAA appearance. Ostrom was instrumental in recruting the seventh-ranked class in the country this season.

Ostrom also was Pelphrey’s right-hand man in the three seasons before coaching at Arkansas. Ostrom was an assistant to Pelphrey at South Alabama from 2004-2007. USA played in the NCAA and NIT after enjoying the largest turnaround in college basketball in 2006, improving from 10 wins in 2004-05 to 24 wins and the Sun Belt title in 2005-06.

Prior to his job at USA, Ostrom spent seven years under Billy Donovan at Florida, the fist five as administrative assistant/video coordinator (1998-2002) and the final two as an assistant coach (2003-04). While at Florida, the Gators played in the NCAA Tournament the last six years, advanced to the Sweet 16 in twice and reached the NCAA championship game in 2000.

A 1997 University of Minnesota graduate with a degree in Sports Management and Human Development, Ostrom worked in the Golden Gopher men’s basketball program as an undergrad while Clem Haskins was the head coach.


Info courtesy of Dayton athletics



OSU women to play Florida State in Big Ten/ACC Challenge


(courtesy of OSU athletics)

Ohio State is scheduled to play host to Florida State on November 30 in the Big Ten/ACC Women’s Basketball Challenge contest.

The Buckeyes, the defending Big Ten tournament champions, have three starters returning from last season’s 24-10 team, Samantha Prahalis, Tayler Hill and Ashley Adams. OSU lost in the Sweet 16 to Tennessee.

Florida State, 24-8 last season will return three starters from the state of Ohio, Cierra Bravard, Natasha Howard and Tay’ler Mingo. The Seminoles reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament last season.

(courtesy of Florida State athletics)

The Atlantic Coast Conference leads the series between the two leagues at 64-51.


Info courtesy of Ohio State, Florida State, Radio & TV news

Painter stays at Purdue, gets new contract


Matt Painter (courtesy of Purdue athletics)

Matt Painter interviewed for the basketball coaching vacancy at Missouri. But in the end, he decided to stay at his alma mater, Purdue University.

His reward, an eight-year contract that runs through the 2018-2019 season.

Last year, Purdue rewarded the 40-year-old Painter with a contract through the 2016-17 season. It included a base salary of $1.3 million and up to $1 million in incentives.

Terms of the new contract have not been disclosed.

Painter has been very successful at his alma mater. He has been selected as the Big Ten Coach of the Year three times and led the Boilermakers to Sweet 16 appearances in 2009 and 2010. Purdue (26-8) made it to the third round of this year’s NCAA Tournament but was eliminated by Final Four participant Virginia Commonwealth University.


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