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Teacher's Pet

Teacher's Pet

Why does John Groce like Jon Ekey so much? That's because, "Jon does what he's supposed to do a lot."

CHAMPAIGN – Before he became a recruiting machine at Ohio State, before he led Ohio to the Sweet Sixteen, before he took the lead role at Illinois, John Groce taught mathematics to high school kids. On the first day of class he told his students straight up. The teacher had favorites. The kids stared back, both amused and perplexed by this bit of honesty. "I'd say, ‘yeah, I like the people...

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