Shatel: NU, Illini coaches find ways to cope

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Posted: Monday, January 21, 2013 12:00 am

Once upon a time, last March, some Husker fans wanted John Groce to consider the Nebraska job. Now, I don't think they would give back Tim Miles.

Miles and Groce, a pair of Big Ten rookies, go head-to-head tonight at the Devaney Center. The league's future looks like it's in good, no-nonsense hands. The Illini are in the middle of a funk, including a home loss to Northwestern. But, as Groce told the Chicago Sun-Times, sympathy is not part of the program: “To be honest, I'm tired of that deal. If they (players) think they're not going to get hit in the mouth in life, we're teaching them the wrong things at the University of Illinois. Stuff happens. Deal with it.”

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