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    Quote Originally Posted by Spunky Porkstacker View Post
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    Unless they can develop some consistency game to game that will lead them to a tournament invite I don't give a fuck about Dickhead Groce and the Illini. Supposedly they have a top 10 in the nation recruiting class coming in next year. Hopefully he won't be here to FUCK that up.
    He won't be. Check out the next 3 games. In the next 3 games, he will be playing competition that will bitch slap him, if he substitutes 3 players out after 3 minutes going up 10-0. This guy has no feel for the game whatsoever. Whatever i says on the chart he's made before the game, that is who and when they come in. Having a hot hand is damned. He can't even acknowledge publicly how much better the team runs with Lucas at PG.

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    Illini are going to kick ass today.

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    I can't imagine what there is left to evaluate wrt Groce. The substitution patterns are dumb. No feel for the game. The veteran club doesn't play offense or defense and a solid class of Freshman coming in aren't going to magically look better with this "coaching".

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    Groce should be fired at halftime. A monkey could coach like this.

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    Groce has been fired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Urblock View Post
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    Groce has been fired.
    Thank god.
    They pit the lifers against the new boy and the young against the old. The black against the white. Everything they do is to keep us in our place.


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    Go away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Urblock View Post
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    Go away.
    Lol, salt salt salt.
    They pit the lifers against the new boy and the young against the old. The black against the white. Everything they do is to keep us in our place.


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    Marshall is at top of the list of gets, which I don't see that happening. Looks like other coaches high on the list include Archie Miller, both Drews and Kevin Keatts from UNCW. I don't believe the Cuonzo Martin interest. He really fell off toward the end at Cal and I can't see IL having another Purdon't guy coaching in CU. MizNoz is a better bet for CM. Whitman is so professional how he handles things. I would have to think they get a solid coach who turns the UI men's team into an upper tier Big 10 program again and a perennial invite to the NCAA tournament.

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    Hopes are certainly up.

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    Monty Williams turned them down.

    Push your chips in for Gregg Marshall.

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    They looked good today. 82-57.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gustavus Adolphus View Post
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    Monty Williams turned them down.

    Push your chips in for Gregg Marshall.
    How can a person turn down an offer that didn't exist?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parade_Rain View Post
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    How can a person turn down an offer that didn't exist?
    http://www.nola.com/pelicans/index.s...down_lucr.html

    Former New Orleans Pelicans coaching Monty Williams turned down an lucrative offer to become the head coach at the University of Illinois, according to Yahoo.

    If Williams had accepted Illinois' offer, he would have been one of the highest paid coaches in college basketball. Williams turned down the offer because he reportedly wants to return to NBA coaching.
    https://www.landof10.com/illinois/sp...ois-basketball

    http://www.thechampaignroom.com/2017...ng-search-news

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    Whitman and Groce were next door neighbors, jogging partners and BFF. Up until Illinois lost to Rutgers and subsequently to Michigan in the BTT, Groce was not getting fired. How can a legit offer be made to someone when the job was not open at that point in time?

    “It’s interesting there have been a number of reports that we’ve offered the job to different people before we even had a job to offer,” Whitman said. “I can tell you definitively that that is incorrect. We’ve got a great plan on the men’s side, and we’re executing that plan. We feel really good about the progress we’ve made and the progress we’ll continue to make.”
    http://www.news-gazette.com/sports/i...ng-search.html

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    Illini considering offering Tony Bennett $4.8 million. That would make him the 6th highest coach in college bball

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    Quote Originally Posted by Urblock View Post
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    Groce has been fired.
    Small miracles do happen. Any of the incoming freshmen jumping ship? Whoever the new coach is needs to get this program one thing it's completely lacked since 2005--a true fucking point guard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parade_Rain View Post
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    How can a person turn down an offer that didn't exist?
    Are you saying the same thing about Cuonzo Martin and Tony Bennett?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bamainatlanta View Post
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    Small miracles do happen. Any of the incoming freshmen jumping ship? Whoever the new coach is needs to get this program one thing it's completely lacked since 2005--a true fucking point guard.
    It will be hard for them to jump ship since you have to be granted a release from your NLI. Also consider that the top 3 coaches being mentioned are Marshall, Bennett and Drew. Two of those coaches have connections to Walker, who recruited quite a bit of that class. Outside of perhaps Tilmon, there isn't anyone going anywhere, IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gustavus Adolphus View Post
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    Are you saying the same thing about Cuonzo Martin and Tony Bennett?
    Cuonzo Martin was not offered. Cuonzo Martin was politicking for the job. He was not high enough on the list to gain interest. He has similar issues to Groce, except Zo can coach a defense. As for Bennett, that rumor has been out there for a long time. He's a proven, D1 coach and is a P5 conference winning coach against UNC and Duke. Of course that one is possible and gaining renewed traction. It's also possible that's a ploy to get a pay raise from Virginia.

    You should also note that I predicted where Cuonzo ended up getting hired.

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    I think it will be Bryce Drew and I'm excited for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dweebs19 View Post
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    I think it will be Bryce Drew and I'm excited for it.
    Bryce Drew would also be my first choice, as I wanted him hired last year, but there is more smoke surrounding Bennett right now. I think Bennett's offense can be boring, but it's hard to argue with the success of winning the ACC.

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