Groce won’t speculate on future

Under scrutiny all season, Illinois basketball coach John Groce declined Tuesday to speculate whether he would be brought back next season for a sixth year in Champaign.

Groce indicated he has not talked with athletic director Josh Whitman specifically about his job status.

“Josh and I talk weekly and daily sometimes,” Groce said. “He’s with us on every trip. His support has been awesome.

“Probably part of (not talking about Groce’s job status) is because he knows me — I’m going one day at a time. … We talk a lot, talk about our team, recruiting or whatever it might be. For me, right now, my focus is on one day at a time. He knows that, he senses that. … He respects that. That’s how we’ve left it.”

Groce said he’s focused only on the Big Ten tournament.

Illinois basketball coach John Groce declines to speculate about job security

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