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It was a great run at Ohio with John Groce. Best of luck with the Illini. :thumbs_up:

I'm wondering if current State assistant and former Ohio player, Jeff Boals, will become the target for Ohio to replace Groce? :coco:
 

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Groce is a great coach and I'm not basing that on this season's tourney run. He did great things on the bench at OSU and the players take to him which is paramount.

Groce knows full well what he is walking into and he has serious work to do to get Ill back in the mix. He'll find all the talent needed close to home...the question will be can he real them in over ND, IU and OSU. And he enters a leage full of really good coaches...at least 3 HOF coaches on the sidelines currently at a minimum & that is tough sledding!!!

I think your idea of Boals is good - he would be a great young coach for OU IMO. He has a great basketball mind, he's young and high energy, and he has learned and worked with great coaches and staff. IMO OU could do much worse than Boals. He also knows the state so well and he'd be able to continue to recruit high quality players to Athens.

But, I like Boals right where he is over there on the OSU bench myself:D
 

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Everything I have read says Boals might be one of the top choices, but the players would want assistant Dustin Ford for the job. I'm not sure if Ford has enough experience to be the head man, but time will tell.
 

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slimey turncoat...its all about money i hope he fails terribly and gets canned...:irked:
I'm not happy he left, either, but I can't fault someone for choosing $1.4 million over $500,000.
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It's called moving up in the world and improving yourself. Maybe you should have stayed in Squaller Holler and kept the very first job you ever had:mischeif:
 

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I'm not happy he left, either, but I can't fault someone for choosing $1.4 million over $500,000.
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he was still making good money,hope in a couple years he loses on his...uh...gamble...shoulda stayed with a great team...:biggrin:
 

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It's called moving up in the world and improving yourself. Maybe you should have stayed in Squaller Holler and kept the very first job you ever had:mischeif:
i'm very happy in squaller holler...i'll be there saturday...and i never let down a whole university and bb team when i moved to columbus...:D
 

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You're right, and I'm sure there were a lot of happy people in Squaller when you moved to Columbus:whistle:
 

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Coonie you have a bad attitude - surprising at your age:thumbs_down:

This is the business of sports...especially when you land a great coach (like Groce). Groce came to Athens and brought in a good staff, recruited high quality players, won & made the tourney, & got the OU program on the right track to continue to win.

Does it sting when you lose a coach...of course - go ask Thad Matta how he felt when his best friend in coaching and partner John Groce left OSU to go down to Athens....part of the business.

It should sting...OU just lost a great coach. But you shouldn't be angry and bitter at a man that did really good things for Athens and OU. You should wish him well at ILL and thanks him for his contribution to OU.....then go find a quality replacement to continue what Groce has going.

ILL is a big time national bball program and it wasn't long ago they were a top 5 team spanking everybody. It's a huge move up for Groce entering the Big Ten and he will need to get to work.

Interesting to see who OU ends up with as the new head man...especially if the team is pulling for Ford. I know most schools interview players about coaches and take that into account when they make the hire.
 

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I do think Ford and Boals will be the two leading guys for the job. With as little (compared to other schools) as OU can pay, I can't see them targeting a higher profile coach. It will almost certainly be an assistant from somewhere, and those two make the most sense right now.
 

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Coonie you have a bad attitude - surprising at your age:thumbs_down:

This is the business of sports...especially when you land a great coach (like Groce). Groce came to Athens and brought in a good staff, recruited high quality players, won & made the tourney, & got the OU program on the right track to continue to win.

Does it sting when you lose a coach...of course - go ask Thad Matta how he felt when his best friend in coaching and partner John Groce left OSU to go down to Athens....part of the business.

It should sting...OU just lost a great coach. But you shouldn't be angry and bitter at a man that did really good things for Athens and OU. You should wish him well at ILL and thanks him for his contribution to OU.....then go find a quality replacement to continue what Groce has going.

ILL is a big time national bball program and it wasn't long ago they were a top 5 team spanking everybody. It's a huge move up for Groce entering the Big Ten and he will need to get to work.

Interesting to see who OU ends up with as the new head man...especially if the team is pulling for Ford. I know most schools interview players about coaches and take that into account when they make the hire.
groce might be called great right now but lets wait until he does something up in the big 10...:biggrin:
 
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