John Groce and his plan for Illinois

Originally Published: May 22, 2012
By Jason King | ESPN.com

Since taking over as Illinois basketball coach, John Groce has done community service at a handful of middle schools, visited a children's hospital, had multiple breakfasts with donors, and spoken to groups of boosters over dinner.

And that was just last week.

Groce and new Illini football coach Tim Beckman began a nine-stop, statewide tour on Wednesday to get acquainted with fans and spread the message about their programs. After two days, Groce seemed overwhelmed by the response.

"They ...

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