Seeing coaches lose their jobs is red meat for some fans and media. I have never enjoyed it.

The human side is wrenching up-close. And with rare exceptions, coaches are hard-working, caring people who are swept down the drain by 20 year olds who aren’t talented enough.

That said, John Groce’s seat at Illinois is basically sizzling. There’s a #FireJohnGroce Twitter hashtag and a Facebook page by the same name. And both are gaining steam. With good reason.

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