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A snowy soccer field
Lisa Bralts

On a (Coaching) Carousel

The Bandwagon crew goes full nerd for NCAA basketball, with much discussion regarding the coaching merry-go-round, PLUS bracket talk with ESPN analyst (and U of I alum) John Gasaway. Some professional soccer is thrown in for balance.

Former Illini Women's Basketball head coach Matt Bollant addresses the media at the Ubben Basketball Complex.
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Illinois Fires Women’s Basketball Coach Bollant

Matt Bollant has been fired as head women's basketball coach at Illinois after five seasons, compliing a record of 61-94, and 22-62 in the Big Ten Conference. The news comes three days after John Groce was fired as men's head basketball coach.  "I am excited to embrace a future for Illinois Women's Basketball where we realize the program's full - and virtually unlimited - potential," said U of I Athletic Director Josh Whitman.

In this March 5, 2015, file photo, Illinois' Amarah Coleman, left, drives to the basket as Nebraska's Chandler Smith guards during an NCAA college basketball game in Hoffman Estates, Ill
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U Of I Reaches Settlements With Former Women’s Basketball Players & Former Football Coach

The University of Illinois says seven former women’s basketball players who claimed in a lawsuit over an alleged “racially hostile environment” will share a $375,000 settlement. Meanwhile, a $250,000 negotiated settlement has been announced for former football coach Tim Beckman, who was fired by the university last year over the handling of athletes’ injuries.

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