John Groce loses his cool, draws technical foul

John Groce let us know how displeased he was with his team’s play following Wednesday night’s 66-58 loss to Purdue in Champaign. That anger came to a head on Saturday as Groce lost his cool late in the second half of Illinois’ 78-62 loss to Michigan State.

Upset with the officiating, Groce ripped off his sport coat and threw it at his bench (see above), ultimately resulting in a technical foul.

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Shortly after that, Illinois was called for a foul on Denzel Valentine, and Groce had another outburst. The coach needed to be restrained by his assistants, who were protecting him from getting a second technical and being ejected from the game.

When asked about the officiating in his postgame press conference, Groce sarcastically responded, “I thought they were terrific.”

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Roger gentry on 1/19/2014 @ 6:17am EDT Said:

When is the conference going to look at this issue the official stink now no one will play defense for fear of a cheap foul call