Contract Extended

The Illini will be in John Groce's hands in the coming years, he received a one year contract extension through the 2018-2019 season.

Illinois announced that head basketball coach John Groce has received an additional year onto his contract, and received a raise according to the school.

Groce received a 100,000 raise after posting a combined record of 43-28 in the past two seasons.

"John Groce has done an excellent job in his first two years as Illinois basketball coach, so we are pleased to extend his contract and continue our commitment to him and this program in its pursuit of champions," Director of Athletics Mike Thomas said to FightingIllini.com. "He has been tremendous in every faucet of the job."

The Illini also released their non-conference mens basketball schedule for the 2014-2015 season. The dates and opponents are below:

November 7th -- Quincy (exhibition)
November 14th -- Georgia Southern
November 16th -- Coppin State
November 21st -- Austin Peay
November 24th -- Brown
November 27th -- vs Indiana State (Las Vegas Invite)
November 28th -- vs Baylor/Memphis (Las Vegas Invite)
December 2nd -- at Miami (ACC/B1G Challenge)
December 6th -- American
December 9th -- vs Villanova (Jimmy V Classic)
December 13th -- vs Oregon
December 17th -- Hampton
December 20th -- vs Missouri
December 27th -- Kennesaw State


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