Fans urge Groce to stay at Ohio

Ohio coach John Groce is rumored to be a candidate for the Illinois head coaching position. (Brien Vincent | Staff Photographer)

Less than a week after leading Ohio to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 48 years, coach John Groce is rumored to be a target for the vacant Illinois head coaching job.

Amid the rumors, Bobcat fans are reaching out in order to retain their coach. 

"Likes" are beginning to pile up on a "John Groce, Please Don't Go," Facebook page.

A petition titled "Stay at Ohio University: We Want Coach John Groce to Remain a Bobcat!" has also surfaced. 

The petition claims that it will be forwarded to Ohio Athletics.

Groce led the Bobcats to a school-record 29 wins and an appearance in the Sweet 16. 

The team will return 100 percent of its minutes next season.

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