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Illinois loses assistant Isaac Chew to Marquette

Updated: July 3, 2012 12:57PM

Less than two months after leaving Missouri for Illinois, highly regarded assistant coach Isaac Chew has resigned from John Groce’s Illini staff to become an assistant to his good friend Buzz Williams at Marquette, sources said Tuesday.

Chew, who initially turned down Williams after Marquette assistant Tony Benford left to become head coach at North Texas, is expected to receive a big salary bump. Exact numbers weren’t known, but it’s possible Chew could get up to $100,000 more than the estimated $150,000 he would’ve been paid at Illinois.

The departure of Chew, who was a prep star at Wells, leaves Groce without an assistant who’s established on the Chicago recruiting front. One possibility is former Illinois State assistant Paris Parham, who coached at Phillips and Morgan Park before moving to ISU five years ago. Parham was not retained by new ISU coach Dan Muller.

Groce, who’s familiar with Chicago, also could turn to Brandon Miller. The former Ohio State assistant resigned a year ago for a career in pharmaceutical sales, but missed college basketball and already is on staff at Illinois, where he’s scheduled to be a special assistant to Groce.

The highly regarded Miller, 33, was a longtime associate of Buckeyes coach Thad Matta after playing for Matta at Xavier. His brother, Sean, is head coach at Arizona.

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