Sources: John Groce to coach Illinois

Updated: March 29, 2012, 1:13 PM ET
By Andy Katz and Jon Greenberg | ESPN.com

Illinois will hold a news conference Thursday to announce John Groce as the Illini's next coach, multiple sources told ESPN.com on Wednesday night.

Groce took Ohio to the Sweet 16 this season before the Bobcats lost to North Carolina in overtime.

Illinois was working on the news conference and release Wednesday.

Groce and athletic director Mike Thomas negotiated over the contract before a deal was finally struck earlier Wednesday.

Throughout the day Tuesday, Thomas ...

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