Weber thanks Illini Nation with full-page ad

Bruce Weber


Former Illinois coach Bruce Weber took out a full-page ad in the Champaign News Gazette on Sunday to thank Illini Nation. The ad reads: “Thanks to everyone in the Illini Nation for a memorable nine years.” It goes on to say: “Go Illini! & Go Cats! Coach Bruce Weber.” The ad features the Illinois and Kansas State logos, separated by a basketball that houses Weber’s aforementioned message. Weber was fired March 9 (story), one day after the Illini were eliminated from the Big Ten tournament, and hired at Kansas State on March 31 (story).

Weber spent nine years in Champaign and compiled a 210-101 overall record (.675 winning percentage). He led the Illini to the 2005 national title game, which they lost to North Carolina, but won only two NCAA tourney games following the 37-2 national runner-up finish. More troubling, Weber missed the dance in three of his final five years, including the 2011-12 season.

The ad is a nice touch by a classy guy. In fact, you almost expected it. Best of luck, Coach!

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dhaab1965 on 4/8/2012 @ 11:15pm EDT Said:

Classy individual. Hope he succeeds at Kansas St.

Dave Brown on 4/9/2012 @ 12:47pm EDT Said:

good luck @ k state coach from a 11 year season ticket holder so I’ve seen your work alot

eric burch on 4/10/2012 @ 6:42am EDT Said:

Classy???? Replay the postgame press conference from the Purdue game. VERY CLASSY. This clown must have on heck of a PR firm. Once he has to rely on his own recruits it will be like Illinois all over again. Maybe a couple of good years,, then the bottom falls out and it will be everyone’s fault be his own. Players, fans, AD Media, who knew so many people were responsable for Weber’s failure’s. Only people who will miss this guy are the other coach’s in the league who cany count the Illini as an easy win. How does a good coach lose to Northwestern, Nebraska, Penn St? on a regular basis. Glad he is gone. How about you guys do a story and tell the truth?