CHAMPAIGN - Weeks after giving Illinois men's basketball coach John Groce a vote of confidence, Illinois athletics director Josh Whitman did the same for women's basketball coach Matt Bollant on Wednesday.
After accruing a stellar record during a five-year run at Wisconsin-Green Bay -- Bollant went 148-19 overall with an 85-5 Horizon League record -- Bollant has struggled mightily at Illinois. During his four-year tenure, Bollant's Illini are 52-72 (.419) overall and 19-47 (.288) Big Ten.
Bollant's program also was clouded by scandal last spring and summer when seven former Illini -- including several Bollant recruits -- alleged Bollant's staff of abuse and racism. Though an independent investigation found those claims "unsubstantiated," Bollant parted ways with his lead assistant, Mike Divilbiss.