John Groce new Illinois coach

Updated: March 29, 2012, 5:08 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- John Groce took the Ohio Bobcats further in the NCAA tournament than they had been in nearly 50 years.

He will get a chance to bring that level of success to a Big Ten team.

Illinois introduced Groce as its new coach Thursday, bringing him in to replace the fired Bruce Weber.

"Obviously our family is excited to be a part of a once in a lifetime opportunity," Groce said.

The 40-year-old Groce has been at Ohio, a Mid-American Conference school, ...

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