They say where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
Kansas State rewarded basketball coach Bruce Weber for winning a share of the school’s first conference championship in 36 years with a raise and a one-year contract extension Wednesday.
Throughout all the brimstone, my mind kept sparking back to a thought that’s been in my head for weeks: The Fighting Illni and Weber’s Kansas State Wildcats have no business meeting in the NCAA Tournament this season. And here’s to hoping that they don’t.
Jim Larranaga’s team has had a banner season, but they’ll likely have to beat Duke for a second time this season — this time with Ryan Kelly — to reinforce their potential to go deep in the NCAA Tournament.
Bruce Weber isn’t on the sidelines in Champaign any longer. But that hardly means the guy can’t still stir up the Illini faithful.
He’s off in Kansas now. But, not unlike the coach who preceded him in Champaign, it’ll be a long time before Bruce Weber is forgotten at the University of Illinois.
Former Illinois coach Bruce Weber has been hired to replace Frank Martin at Kansas State, sources told CBSSports.com.
On Thursday, the bad case of Illini indigestion was finally relieved when Ohio University’s John Groce was announced as the 17th men’s head coach in Illinois history during a press conference at Assembly Hall in Champaign.
John Groce has been hired as the new men’s basketball coach for Illinois.
Butler’s Brad Stevens will not be taking over as Illini basketball coach.
Weber led the Salukis to two NCAA Tournaments from 1998-2003 before moving on to the University of Illinois, where he coached until he was fired March 9.
It’s difficult enough to hire the right basketball coach at Illinois, without choosing to limit the field of candidates beforehand.
With Bruce Weber’s Illinois tenure in the rear-view mirror, multiple names have begun to surface as a potential replacement.
Instead of making a brief statement in support of his friend, Izzo opted on Friday to instead unspool an inappropriate – and inaccurate – rant against Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas.
In an interview on The Mully & Hanley Show on 670 The Score, Thomas simply said he had no comment, after Izzo ripped him Friday at the Big Ten Tournament.
After addressing the game, Izzo set aside time to specifically address Illinois’ decision to fire Bruce Weber. And wow, he had a lot to say.
With Bruce Weber officially out the door, here are nine possible Illini head coaching candidates.
The 6-7 guard, who was drafted by the Bulls, played 14 NBA seasons, but arguably he earned most of his fame off the hit television show Hang Time, where he played head coach Bill Fuller.
Bruce Weber was fired from Illinois on Friday morning.
As he sat at the podium, his face beat red and his hoarse voice even raspier than usual, one could only hope someone has the decency to unplug the life support soon.